Seven Year Olds
An elementary girls’ boarding school in Uganda attracted public outrage last week when the headmistress reportedly expelled three pupils. The girls; each aged between seven and eight years were accused of engaging in sexual experimentation with fellow pupils. Parents are up in arms and are threatening legal action against the school administration for failing to mentor pupils and resorting to expulsion. Most email responses from the public are blaming parents for leaving children at the mercy of Television.
The Uganda Counseling Association will be visiting the school for intervention. The New Vision newspaper is writing a deeper feature story to enlighten parents and teachers on this matter. As the newspaper’s parenting columnist I have been asked to write an informed opinion on this. The most pressing question at the moment is: Can children as young as seven engage in sexual experimentation? The public feels expelling such pupils from school is an act of ‘high handedness’. Any research done on this? What can parents or teachers do to deal with this? I’ll appreciate your opinion on this matter.