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.

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.

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