Northwestern Province Education Officer (PEO) Jennipher Malama has expressed worry at the increased number of early pregnancies in the province.
Mrs. Malama said most Schools in the province have continued to record a high number of girls dropping out of school as a result of pregnancy.
She said the province last year recorded about 1000 cases of early pregnancies, a rate she described as alarming.
Mrs Malama said this in Solwezi today during newly appointed Northwestern Province Permanent Secretary Daniel Bowasi’s familiarization tour of the Provincial Education Office.
She, however, pointed out that her office is engaging parents and communities on the matter to stop the situation from worsening.
Meanwhile, the PEO has expressed happiness with the number of boarding Schools being constructed across the province.
Mrs. Malama said this would help reduce the number of children especially girls dropping out of school as a result of long distances to school.
[ ZANIS ]