Ugandan college drops necessary being pregnant exams for college kids after outcry | CNN


A college in Uganda has withdrawn a requirement for feminine nursing and midwifery college students to take a being pregnant check earlier than sitting their exams, after dealing with a backlash.

Kampala International University issued a discover on Tuesday stating: “This is to tell all feminine nurses and midwives that you’re imagined to go to KIU-TH for a being pregnant check at a payment of 5000 UGX paid to hospital accounts workplace.”

It added: “Failure to take action, you’ll not sit for UNMEB (Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board) exams.”

The payment of 5,000 Ugandan shillings is about $1.33.

Epidemiologist Catherine Kyobutungi, govt director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), shared a photo of the notice on Twitter on Wednesday and wrote: “This is whole hogwash, discriminatory and unacceptable.”

She added: “Female nursing and midwifery college students being requested to take a being pregnant check, at their very own value as a pre-condition for sitting exams is peak nonsense!!!”

Dr. Githinji Gitahi, CEO of non-profit Amref Health Africa, responded by tweeting: “What? Why? Really? Because being pregnant has what to do with exams? The fetus provides undue benefit within the examination? I’m so confused.”

Women’s rights group FIDA Uganda posted a photo of a letter it despatched to the personal college, reminding the establishment that Article 33 (3) of the nation’s 1995 Constitution “grants safety of ladies and their rights, making an allowance for their distinctive standing and pure maternal features in society and this identical article additional prohibits discrimination of ladies and ensures their full and equal dignity of the particular person with males.”

On Thursday, the college reversed its coverage.

“This is to tell you all that the interior memo on being pregnant and being pregnant testing dated 8 November 2022 has been rescinded (withdrawn),” wrote Professor Frank Kaharuza, deputy vice chancellor of the college’s Western Campus, in an announcement shared by the college on Twitter.

“Please deal with preparing in your UNMEB exams. I want you all the perfect within the forthcoming exams,” he continued.

The college additionally responded to FIDA Uganda in an electronic mail, shared by the rights group on Twitter, confirming that “no pupil can be stopped from sitting their exams as a result of they haven’t taken a being pregnant check.”

FIDA Uganda tweeted: “We are grateful for the cooperation of the workplace of the vice chancellor and search to remind all scholarly establishments that any makes an attempt to police the our bodies of scholars represents a discriminatory motion towards the scholar physique and is a violation of their bodily autonomy.”

CNN has contacted Kampala International University for remark.



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