Female pupils in Uganda schools complain of sexual harassment

APA-Kampala (Uganda) Female pupils in Uganda\'s primary schools still face sexual harassment from their teachers, according to a new survey.

The survey says that female pupils from 405 primary schools including five for the deaf sampled countrywide complained that their male teachers harass them for sex.

The survey, carried out by the National Assessment of Progress in Education (NAPE), says sexual harassment is one of the causes cited for the prevailing high drop-out rate of schoolgirls.

According to Daniel Alenyo, the officer in charge of special needs candidates in Uganda National Examinations Board, the pupil also complained of caning, dirty latrines and lack of parental care, among other things.

He said the main aim of NAPE is to determine learning achievement levels in particular subjects, examine patterns of performance in English, literacy and numeracy, among other things.

The study notes wide gaps between the rural pupils and their counter parts in urban schools and attributed this to the fact that pupils in villages miss school to do home chores.


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