Official say no fewer than 15,000 girls dropped out of school due to pregnancies in Zambia
27 April 2017 Africa
Jonas Chanda, Chairperson of the Zambian Parliamentary Committee on Health, Community Development and Social Services on Wednesday said that no fewer than 15,000 girls dropped out of school in 2016 due to pregnancies.
Chanda said the figures indicate that there was need for more interventions in order to reduce the number of girls dropping out of school due to pregnancies.
In remarks delivered when the committee called on Minister of General Education Denis Wanchinga, the official further said there was need for strategies to protect the girl child from dropping out of school.
“Once the strategies to protect them is establish it will enable the girls contribute to the country’s development,’’ according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.
On his part, the Zambian minister said his ministry had introduced comprehensive education to enable pupils to have information in order to prevent pregnancies among pupils.
The ministry, he added, was also not distributing condoms or family planning to pupils but instead educating them through availing adequate information on sexuality.
Various comprehensive sexual reproductive materials have been distributed to all schools to educate the pupils, he added.