Female genital mutilation and academic performance of the girl child in Benet Sub County Kween District Uganda

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The purpose of the study was to establish the effects of Female Genital Mutilation on girl child education. With the following objectives; to establish the effects ofFemale Genital Mutilation on examination grades of female pupils in final examination in Benet sub-county, to find out the effects of Female Genital Mutilation on school attendance of female pupils in Benet sub-county, to establish the impact of Female Genital Mutilation on school enrolment /drop out in Benet sub — county. The study answered the following questions; What are the effects of FGM on examination grades of female pupils in final examination in Benet sub-county?, What is the impact of FGM on school enrolment /drop out in Benet Sub-county? And How has FGM affected school attendance of female pupils in Benet sub —county? Benet sub county has an overall population of 1 1,314 people in accordance to the population Census carried out in 2014 where by only girls constitutes to a population of 4,107 both school going and out of school girls there for, since the population was big, the researcher intended to use the sample size of only 50 members involved 30 students, 10 teachers and 10 community members. However, the whole population could not be used to get information due to inadequate resources, thus a sample of nine schools was considered appropriate to carry out. The sample was also cut across different age groups of population thus the school going girls, women and teachers. In line with the findings, table shows that 80% respondents agree that term contributes to high poverty levels among families therefore, the government of Uganda should put more effort together with the NGO’s in sensitizing more about the dangers of FGM and in effect so that people just eliminate it. Table 11 shows that illiteracy among talents contributes 48% in being an obstacle to the elimination as female Genitor mutilation in Benet as also said by the respondents therefore government should create more awareness and also encourage parents to take their daughters and sons to schools, so that they get more knowledge about how to erase the practice per their good life. Basing on the actual study findings of the study, it can certainly be concluded that FGM highly contributes to poverty in families as per the table it contributes up to 80% illiteracy amongst parents also contribute to being an obstacle to FGM stoppage as it constitutes 48% and culture which goes up to 68%. Therefore, the practice still exists in up countries though others do it hiding and many young girls are still experiencing the pain which serves no gain in their lives except affecting their physical, mental and psychological stands as witnessed from the findings.
A research report submitted to the Faculty Humanities and social-Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of a Degree in Social Work and Social Administration of Kampala International University
Female genital, Mutilation, Academic performance, Kween District Uganda