About 100 pupils from Kaoma Secondary School in Western province earmarked to write Grade Twelve examinations have been sent back to their various homes for failing to pay boarding and other school fees.
In an interview, one of the concerned parents Jack Biemba told ZANIS that the situation is bad because the throwing out of boys and girls into the streets will result in the increase of early pregnancies and teenage marriages in the district.
Mr Biemba said some of the chased pupils were coming from the poor of the poorest families in the villages of Kaoma district that even included handicapped parents.
He said some of the teachers benefitted from the free education of under the UNIP government and it was unfair for the underprivileged pupils to deny them the much needed education.
Mr Biemba complained that the most claimed document of Grade Twelve certificate which is much required for one to become a civic leader won’t be achieved in the district as many school going pupils from poor families are disadvantaged.
He has appealed to government to assist the vulnerable pupils from Kaoma Secondary School to enable them seat for their Grade Twelve examinations which are due in the next two weeks.
Mr Biemba said the circumstances will be unbearable as the School recorded the highest number of pregnancies in the last two years in the entire Western province.
But when contacted for a comment, Kaoma Secondary School Head teacher, Mulambwa Nawa said no pupil has been chased from attending classes but only parents have been summoned to explain as to why school fees are not being paid.
Mr Nawa said about ten parents have so far committed themselves on how school fees would be settled adding that all the pupils with arrears are learning normally including those in examination classes.