Uganda: expelling gay students from schools spreads the vice of homosexuality nationwide
Christian charity Mothers Union has advised schools in Uganda to counsel gay children instead of expelling them from schools.
Ruth Sennyonyi, the provincial president of Mothers Union Uganda, said that sexuality should be addressed within the school settings.
However, Sennyonyi’s concern is not for the well-being of children. Rather, she and the Anglican-affiliated charity aim to avoid the disease of homosexuality spreading to the larger community.
Sennyonyi made her comments at a symposium for the International Day of the Family.
She said that expelling gay students does not address the problem but rather worsens it since the students involved are likely to continue with it in other schools.
“We cannot keep sending children away from schools because of lesbianism. We have to deal with the problem, because they chase you from Nabingo, they chase you from Gayaza and what do they do? They send them to me; ‘ talk to them, we have expelled them’ Then where are they going? So, we need to deal with that problem in the schools. We are working yes, we don’t want lesbianism, we don’t want homosexuality but we need to prevent it from happening rather than just chasing away”, she said.
State minister for gender and cultural affairs Peace Mutuuzo (right) added.
“It is dangerous because these girls have learned about this lesbianism from schools to begin with. It is not common for these acts to begin at home, they begin at school. So, dealing with lesbianism from school is critically important.
“Schools must identify, we used to have prefects, we used to have spies. They still do exist. Those structures should not break. Instead of punishing this child by sending her to go and face the wrath of the world or transfer her behaviors from one school to another, we’d rather deal with the matter from school”.
Mutuuzo also suggested that school and college students should be given lessons in morality in order for them to have the knowledge and tools to fight homosexual impulses.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and is punishable with up to life in prison.