A college in Uganda has withdrawn a requirement for feminine nursing and midwifery college students to take a being pregnant take a look at earlier than sitting their exams, after going through a backlash.
Kampala Worldwide College issued a discover on Tuesday stating: “That is to tell all feminine nurses and midwives that you’re speculated to go to KIU-TH for a being pregnant take a look at 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.
Somebody please assist me right here!
That is whole hogwash, discriminatory and [email protected] – what the hell??
Feminine nursing and midwifery college students being requested to take a being pregnant take a look at, at their very own price as a pre-condition for sitting exams is peak nonsense!!! pic.twitter.com/d71YsPGXHP— Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi (@CKyobutungi) November 9, 2022
Epidemiologist Catherine Kyobutungi, govt director of the African Inhabitants and Well being Analysis Heart (APHRC), shared a photograph of the discover on Twitter on Wednesday and wrote: “That is whole hogwash, discriminatory and unacceptable.”
She added: “Feminine nursing and midwifery college students being requested to take a being pregnant take a look at, at their very own price as a pre-condition for sitting exams is peak nonsense!!!”
Dr. Githinji Gitahi, CEO of non-profit Amref Well being Africa, responded by tweeting: “What? Why? Actually? As a result of being pregnant has what to do with exams? The fetus provides undue benefit within the examination? I’m so confused.”
Ladies’s rights group FIDA Uganda posted a photograph of a letter it despatched to the non-public college, reminding the establishment that Article 33 (3) of the nation’s 1995 Structure “grants safety of ladies and their rights, considering their distinctive standing and pure maternal capabilities 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.
“That is to tell you all that the inner memo on being pregnant and being pregnant testing dated 8 November 2022 has been rescinded (withdrawn),” wrote Professor Frank Kaharuza, deputy vice chancellor of the college’s Western Campus, in an announcement shared by the college on Twitter.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 concentrate on preparing in your UNMEB exams. I want you all the very best within the forthcoming exams,” he continued.
The college additionally responded to FIDA Uganda in an e 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 take a look at.”
FIDA Uganda tweeted: “We’re 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 in opposition to the coed physique and is a violation of their bodily autonomy.”
CNN has contacted Kampala Worldwide College for remark.