Phiri implores girl-children in Mufumbwe
By Staff Reporter
Gender minister, Elizabeth Phiri has implored female pupils in Mufumbwe district to be reporting guardians with intentions of marrying them off before they finish their education to police.
Addressing pupils during her visit to three selected schools in Mufumbwe yesterday, Phiri said pupils should note that it was a prosecutable offence for any guardian to marry off a girl child.
“It is better for a girl child to lose a guardian for a few years and complete her education than having a guardian around, yet a child’s future is curtailed through early marriage,” she said.
She said girls should not worry about their wellbeing if their guardians are sent to prison for an early child offence as government through initiatives like the Girls Education and Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL) project and several others, will take up the responsibility.
Phiri further advised female pupils to equally report any teacher who proposes an affair to them.
She has also warned male teachers in the district to ensure that they desist from taking advantage of the female pupils in the local schools.
“Government will not hesitate to dismiss any teacher who will be found wanting as they are frustrating government efforts in the fight against teenage pregnancies and early marriages,” she said
Meanwhile, Mufumbwe district commissioner Masela Sekeseke has advised pupils, especially girls, to ensure that they desist from activities that would detract them from their studies.
Sekeseke said it was premature for school going children to engage themselves in activities like sex.
She encouraged the pupils to concentrate on school in order to secure their future.
The gender minister was in Mufumbwe district to monitor the performance of the Keeping Girls in School (KGS) programme which is one of the three components of the GEWEL project.