Kayonza: Murundi sector conducts pregnancy awareness program in schools
Parents should be responsible for the education and social welfare of their own children both at school and at home so as to prevent unwanted pregnancies as well as other effects that can result from bad behaviours said by Claude Murekezi the executive secretary of Murundi sector in Kayonza district.
The executive secretary visited Rwinsheke Primary School in Karambi sector in Murundi sector on Friday the 1st.March.2013 in the program meant to enlighten and prevent students from unwanted pregnancies.
In the last 2 years, this Primary School had about 10 students who got pregnant the main reason why the pregnancy awareness program was initiated in this school.
“In 2011, 4 girls in Rwinsheke Primary School got pregnant and more 6 got pregnant in 2012. If nothing is done to prevent this, regrettably, the number of pregnant girls might double” says Marcel the education officer in Murundi sector.
“Parents have taken a break on their responsibilities and some have left the education of their children to the hands of the teachers. This has resulted into children getting defiled, impregnated and most dropping from schools” says the executive secretary of Murundi sector.
He reminded parents that they are responsible for their children’s lives and whoever will be reported to be abusing his/her children, will be punished by the law.
“It is painful if your child is abused and you hide the culprit. Some parents are bribed to keep quiet of the abuse done to their children, a parent who destroys the life of his/her child for any amount of money should be punished by the law and cannot be tolerated.”
He asked children to give information about every person who abuses or tries to abuse them even if they are their parents. This awareness program was done to all pupils to all schools as well as the parents in Murindi sector.
“Early and unwanted pregnancies usually result from the love of money and other good things that lures young girls into temptations of giving in to sex to get what they want” says Berthilde Tuyisenge a pupil at Rwinsheke Primary school.
The Primary Six Pupil Berthilde Tuyisenge says sometimes a child is lacking something essential like exercise books and the person willing to provide them wants sexual relations in the exchange which results in unwanted pregnancy.
These pupils however made a decision to always inform their parents if they lack any thing and their school authorities and wait to get what they can to avoid being abused to get what they need.