Early pregnancies accelerate in Manyinga

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Early pregnancies among school going girls have continued to increase in Manyinga district in Northwestern province.

Chibeba primary school located six kilometers away from the Manyinga central business district has this year recorded six pregnancies, four from grade six and two grade seven.

School Head Teacher Reagan Salipupa has confirmed this development in an interview with ZANIS yesterday.

Mr. Salipupa said the situation is unfortunate because most pregnant girls have continued dropping out of school.

He attributed cultural beliefs among parents as some of the contributing factors to early pregnancies and dropouts among school girls.

Mr Salipupa said teachers at his school have been going round nearby villages and communities educating parents on the importance of education and the need to educate their girl children.

Reports of increased early pregnancies have also been reported at Chifuwe North Secondary School, Kashinakazhi secondary school and Mayau primary school.

Meanwhile, Manyinga District Commissioner Queen Manela has asked education authorities to look into the matter and implored parents to consider girl children as valuable beings like boys.

Ms. Manela also advised parents whose children have fallen pregnant to take them back to school after delivery, as the re-entry policy is still in place.

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  1. child pregnancies not early pregnancies. if a child is below 16 is impregnated , this is a clear case of defilement against the perpetrator. let us enforce the law.

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  2. Children having sex, its a case of practicing what they are told at traditional ceremonies. Now if a 13 year old girl is impregnated by a 13 year old boy, who bears responsibility?

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