Zambia: High school drop out of girls dismays NGOs

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Child marriages and teenage pregnancies in Zambia "are a real time bomb" requiring concerted efforts to diffuse it, according to the country's Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC).

Dismayed by the high dropout rate of girls from school in Luwingu District, northern part of Zambia, because of child marriages and teenage pregnancies, the council said Tuesday that the dropout rate was a result of the lack of investment strategies in the education sector by the government.

According to statistics obtained by NGOCC and the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD), 86 percent of girls drop out from school between grades 4 and 7 in Lupososhi constituency.

For instance, at Likolongo primary school, the organization said only 4 out of 28 girls at the beginning of grade 4 made it to grade 7 in 2014.

The high dropout rates in Lupososhi was attributed to socioeconomic woes as well as the traditional and cultural norms in the area and the absence of female role models in the area has further compounded the situation.

“It is sad to note that the area has no secondary school to absolve the high numbers of pupils being churned out of primary and the two basic schools that go up to grade 9 only,”  said Engwase Mwale, executive director of NGOCC.

She said government and other stakeholders have an opportunity to make a difference by focusing on the realities of girls' vulnerability and step in to redress the unfortunate trend.
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18 august 2015 17:43:51

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