In an unusual move, a 16-year-old mother named Juliet Katusiime has been accepted into Kworo High School, bringing her one-year-old baby with her as boarding school residents for the third term curriculum. Katusiime’s decision to enroll in the school stems from difficult circumstances, including mistreatment at her maternal grandmother’s home, where she had been left by her mother. This vulnerability led her to be influenced by a man who later denied responsibility for her pregnancy, leaving her without moral or financial support.
With the assistance of a few family members, Katusiime managed to continue her education after the baby was born. The school administration has revealed that they have more than 15 adolescent mothers attending classes with their babies. These young mothers are provided with separate sleeping quarters, and the babies receive care while their mothers are in class.
Katusiime aspires to become a nurse and is grateful for the opportunity to study in a boarding school with her baby, as the school management provides her with a babysitter. However, she faces challenges with school fees due to her father’s inability to provide for her, her baby, and her sister, who also attends the same school.
The Nwoya district education officer expressed support for the school’s initiative, highlighting its role in addressing the issue of teen mothers in the district. Dr. Joseph Muvawala, the vice-chairperson of the Education Policy Review Commission, commended the school’s efforts to empower these young girls and called for support from the Ministry of Education and Sports for such institutions.