Mother of P7 candidate who gave birth during Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) attributes it to last year’s COVID-19 lockdown.
A 13-year-old Primary Seven candidate in Mpigi District on Tuesday gave birth to a baby boy on the first day of their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).
The girl who was a student of St Balikuddembe Primary School, Jalamba Ward in Buwama Town Council, Mpigi District delivered during her mathematics examinations on the first day of PLE.
According to the school headteacher, Mr Godfrey Ssemanda, the strong girl developed labour pains during a Mathematics examination and alerted the invigilators who rushed her to hospital.
“After 20 minutes, she alerted the invigilator who called colleagues and rushed the girl to a nearby medical centre,” Ssemanda disclosed in an interview on Wednesday morning.
He added: “She also wrote the paper and this morning [Wednesday], she’s here to write another paper.”
Meanwhile, the nurse at the health centre, Ms Goreth Mirembe said that the girl was strong enough to deliver successfully, she said immediately after giving birth, she was returned her exam with an additional 45 minutes to complete it.
However, following the news, sources indicate that the girl’s mother who looked happy upon seeing her daughter deliver successfully disclosed that her daughter got pregnant during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.
She said her girl was lured into s#x by a local village boy who utilized the opportunity when schools were under lockdown.
“She was lured into conjugal acts during this Covid-19 lockdown by a certain boy because they were not going to school,” the mother disclosed secretly.
The case is however not so different to that happening in many areas across the country. Several teenage pregnancies have since been reported due to school locked down last year due to COVID-19.
According to Police statistics in August last year, 2,372 girls were impregnated in districts of Kitgum, Ngora, Kyegegwa, Kasese and Lyantonde during the lockdown.
The figures which were obtained from district health and education departments, and the probation and social welfare departments indicated that at least 128 school girls were married off, with 48 cases registered in Kyegegwa, 60 in Rakai and 20 cases recorded in Kamira Sub-county, Luweero District.
Police further showed that 110 girls were defiled in Kitgum, Kiryandongo, Sembabule, Kayunga, Lyantonde and Ntungamo districts.
Meanwhile, the mini-survey findings were from the districts of Ngora, Kyegegwa, Lyantonde, Luwero, Kitgum, Rakai, Kayunga, Ntungamo, Kayunga and Kasese.