Uganda University forces female students to have random pregnancy tests

By Drum Digital
13 June 2014

A university in Uganda is forcing its female students to take random pregnancy tests, and expelling those who are pregnant.

According to the Huffington post newspaper, Bishop Barham College in Kabale district, which is affiliated to the Uganda Christian University, suspended 26 females following the first round of tests, and expelled three for illegitimate - read: outside of marriage - pregnancies.

The students accused the university for acting harshly as they were not given the chance to defend themselves, Campus Times Uganda reported.

Following an outcry from female activists, students and human rights charities, Rev Dr John Senyonyi, the vice chancellor of the university, which also has a curfew, was to describe the fuss as symptomatic of the "spiritual and moral darkness" taking over the country, Standard Media quoted.

The press officer for the university added: "Our policy here is that you came to study but not to get pregnant."

An article written for UCU's community newspaper quotes the university's counsellor, Joseph Musaalo.

"'[Sex] must be with the right person at the right time.'.. Hence the UCU code of conduct; she who gets pregnant out of wedlock commits and offence, he who gets a woman pregnant out of wedlock commits an offence.

"The university is at liberty to take action against any student who breaks these rules irrespective of faith."

The Makerere University, the oldest institution in Uganda, appointed 100 students to hand out condoms and contraceptives to their peers.


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