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Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson addressing journalists.

The police issued a strong warning to people, teachers and school operators against any acts of discrimination aimed at the pregnant pupils.

Police Monday issued a strong warning to all teachers, parents, fellow students and the public against acts of discrimination and stigmatization of pregnant pupils (school-going girls).

Following a directive from UNEB earlier to schools to allow pregnant girls in candidate classes register for their final exams, the confirmation has since not been well received with a section of members from the general public.

Many notable incidents have been cited on various social media platforms of people making fun and raising mockery statement concerning the pregnant pupils.

However, while addressing journalists on Monday, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson issued a strong warning to people, teachers and school operators against any acts of discrimination aimed at the pregnant pupils.

Enanga who was critical of the issue explained that many of these girls got pregnant as a result of the effects posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

But instead of supporting them, some people as witnessed on various social media platforms are already making fun of them.

“You are all aware the Covid-19 period has been burdensome for girls more than boys especially in unsupervised/uncontrolled settings. As a result girls were vulnerable to sexual abuse, pregnancy and even child marriages,” Enanga said.

“In addition some of the parental attitudes and the insensitive school environments and other public space may work against the furtherance of education for these pregnant girls. Already on social media, we can see people making fun and mockery of pregnant pupils.”

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Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson addressing journalists.

The police spokesperson, however, urged the general public that instead of discriminating the girls, they should rather educate them about the prospects of returning to school and that they still have the potential to excel and overcome the challenges they are facing.

“Even with the new developments, girls with early pregnancies are still faced challenges of returning to school which included, fear of being ridiculed with discriminated against, shyness, low self-esteem, fear of being frowned at and labeled young mothers, harassment from peers.”

“Instead of discriminating against them, we need to let the girls know the prospects of returning to school, and that they have the potential to excel and overcome the challenges they are facing,” the police spokesperson urged.

He also called on all school heads and teachers to consider adjusting their programs where necessary to ensure such students are protected and given a warm environment.

“We therefore, call upon all Head teachers, Parents, Guardians, LCs and other stakeholders to ensure students who are with early pregnancies, are protected and continue to participate in class and extracurricular activities.”

“For these in advanced pregnancies reasonable adjustments in the learning environment and allow time for missed work in their homes. A pregnant student has the same education rights as every other girl student,” Enanga added.