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Being Pregnant Is Not Dying But Only A Complication – Museveni

President Museveni has spoken out regarding the girls who got pregnant during the two year lockdown. According to him, it’s no cause for alarm because being pregnant is not dying.

He therefore says he in no way agrees with the child being stopped from attending school just because of pregnancy.

“Being pregnant is not dying but only a complication. I won’t agree to condemning the child not to continue with her education. I can’t accept that. It is neither logical nor certainly religious. If the child made a mistake, you can’t condemn her life,” Museveni said.

The President said this at the 36th NRM celebration yesterday. Recently, religious leaders clashed with government on returning pregnant girls to school.

The Education Ministry had earlier instructed teachers to allow pregnant children back to school but religious leaders didn’t really agree with this.

Archbishop Dr Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu said schools are not equipped to take care of pregnant girls.

“The schools are not equipped to take care of health challenges that may emerge in the first three months of the pregnancy and yet we have this commitment to reduce maternal mortality. There are girls who were in boarding schools and are struggling to decide whether they will manage the boarding school environment in their condition.”

However, Museveni said he is planning to meet religious leaders regarding the same issue.

“I will discuss with cabinet first but what I will not accept is condemning the child because she got pregnant and that shouldn’t go back to school. We shall talk with Bishops to hear their views. For going back to school, they will go back. If old people in 40s and 50s can go back, why can’t children return to school,” Museveni said.

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