KAMPALA (Reuters) - A Ugandan member of parliament has pledged to reward girls for their chastity by paying their university fees if they are virgins when they leave school, a local newspaper said Wednesday.
Bbaale County MP Sulaiman Madada said any girl in his district who wanted to take part in the scheme aimed at promoting girls' education would be given a gynecological examination by health workers to check they were virgins.
"The criterion is that a student must be a virgin and from Kayunga district," he told the state-owned New Vision.
The MP did not extend his offer to young men.
He urged pupils to manage their lives responsibly, and called on parents to explain the threats from HIV/ AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
"Our children should be told the risks they face if involved in early and unprotected sex," Madada said.
Uganda was once seen as the epicenter of the global HIV epidemic, but a government education campaign has pushed down infection rates to around six percent from as high as 30 percent in some areas in the early 1990s.
Kayunga in central Uganda is home about 300,000 people, and researchers say it has one of the country's worst AIDS rates, with more than 80 percent of families losing at least one member to the disease.
As to story #1, that's a sure fire way to set kids up to fail when they become adults. They need to face reality, not have it hidden from them. Very dumb idea.
As to story #2, that's interesting. If disease is that rampant (sorry I don't know much about Uganda), then that idea could actually be productive. Not to mention more people getting a higher education. Definitely interesting.
Yes doctor, I am sick. Sick of those who are spineless. Sick of those who feel self-entitled. Sick of those who are hypocrites. Yes doctor, an army is forming. Yes doctor, there will be a war. Yes doctor, there will be blood.....
reznorsboy wrote:Story #1 is a dumb idea but #2 is a great idea. AIDS is running rampant over in Africa and they need to find ways to stop it.
I'm not so sure that it's as bad as we think it is. I read an interview of an African economist the other day who said that the projected numbers have turned out to be quite a bit higher than the actual numbers.
I'm not saying it's not a problem. Just pointing that out.
#1 is just an example of the PC BS that everyone's throwing around these days
I'm convinced #2 is a terrible idea. I took a Women's Health class last semester (Yes, it was me and about 150 girls in the classroom), and we read quite a few articles about both the AIDS epidemic in Africa and women in Middle Eastern countries who have their virginity "reconstructed" via operation to make them more appealing to potential husbands. To make a long story short, there is no physiologically observable way to determine whether a woman is a virgin -- everything "down there" is different from person to person. Not only would this measure not help the AIDS epidemic, but it would encourage these surgeries to cover up the supposed results of sexual intercourse, since it's probably cheaper to have surgery than to pay for 4 years of university. Better the government spent that money on education and contraceptives.