BY ALEX TAREMWA
Ms Connie Musisi, Uganda Christianity University’s (UCU) Career Development and Placement officer, has cautioned students against the homosexuality vice, which she said was eating away at the lives of the young generation.
During the UCU Western Uganda Career Outreach, through which the university interacted with students in the single-sex schools, Ms Musisi and her team offered free career guidance as a way of the university giving back to the community.
According to a BBC news report, the population of the gay community in Uganda was estimated at 500,000 in 2007.
“Homosexuality is real, friends. I have real life experiences from young people who have come to me openly about this matter. They started doing it for money but they are now paying a high price as a result. So beware,” Musisi said.
A book written by Ken R Well titled Teenage sexuality : Opposing Views poses a question whether high school students should be taught about homosexuality in an “intellectually honest” way or candid fashion, as just part of the sociological universe.
Sister Gladyce Kachope, the headteacher, Immaculate Heart Girls SS, Rukungiri, one of the schools visited, agrees with this notion saying, it is important not to shy away from sensitising students about issues of sexuality.
“I talk openly to my girls about homosexuality, we get students who are suspected of this kind of behaviour and we talk to them and advise them accordingly,” she said.
She added that most of the students who engage in this practice are mostly those who join the school from other schools where they were previously practicing the same.
Ms Musisi said that unlike boys, girls can be in a homosexual relationship without raising too much suspicion.
“They can hold hands and hug each other for an extended time, share a bed without anyone necessarily raising eyebrows. However, with the increased popularity of the trend, in single – sex schools this has started to be questioned too.”
However, Mr Joseph Musaalo, a psychologist and counsellor at UCU, argued that people have a stronger attraction to people of the opposite sex.
“The issue of attraction to the same sex is not mandatory or scientifically proven as a fact. That notwithstanding , homosexuality remains on the rise in Uganda and is sadly growing in single-sex schools despite government regulation. So it needs to be addressed,” he said.