MPs Demand Ban on Sex Literature in Schools

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In short
In a motion supported by MPs across the political divide, legislators argued that some schools are exposing children in lower classes to inappropriate sexual material, which has fueled sexual activities among minors.

Parliament has tasked government to ban the dissemination of sexual education materials in schools with immediate effect. In a motion supported by MPs across the political divide, legislators argued that some schools are exposing children in lower classes to inappropriate sexual material, which has fueled sexual activities among minors.


Lucy Akello, the Amuru Woman MP, who tabled the motion, noted that with claims of sexual education in schools, it is prudent for government to closely monitor schools.
 
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Akello's motion follows public outrage following the recent discovery of text books containing sex material in the library of Green Hill Academy Buwate.
 
The speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, supported the motion, saying a lot of information has made its way into the country yet there is no clear monitoring mechanism. Hellen Asamo, the Representative of Persons with Disabilities for Eastern Uganda agreed too.
 
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MPs Matthias Mpuuga, Margaret Babadiri and Julius Ochen warned that cases of child-to-child sex will be on the rise if the information from suspicious books is not regulated.
 
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MPs Mohammed Kivumbi and Bernard Atiku tasked government to monitor Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), involved in circulating this literature.
 
The Leader of Opposition, Winnie Kiiza listed a number of channels on different pay televisions which show cartoons with indecent content. Colonel Felix Kulaigye, the UPDF representative also accused parents of neglecting their duty to regulate what their children access.
 
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The State Minister for Education, Charles Bakabulindi assured the House that the ministry will meet soon to discuss the matter and report to Parliament on action taken.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

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