Kampala International University’s (KIU) western campus in Ishaka has finally allowed female students to sit for their exams minus mandatory pregnancy tests.
This was however after the intervention of Parliament which criticized the university for this practice deemed discriminatory.
All the students at the university are deemed adults and such a test seems an odd one.
The Tororo district woman MP Hon Sarah Opendi who is also the chairperson of the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) in her address to the August house said that a female concerned student had contacted her about this decree.
This directive applied to only female nurses and midwives.
These female students were required to pay Shs 5,000 for a mandatory pregnancy test.
An internal memo from the University blocked all female students from sitting their exams unless they went for this mandatory pregnancy test.
After her submission, Parliament roared in anger including the Speaker of Parliament, Hon Anita Among.
She said that they are not going to allow this kind of discrimination and she demanded that the university allows the students to sit the exams.
They had not gone further with the topic and KIU issued a notice rescinding their earlier decree.
“To all Nurses and Midwives This is to inform you that the internal memo on pregnancy and pregnancy testing dated November 8th has been rescinded (withdrawn). We wish you all the best in the forthcoming exams.”