Over 30 girls drop outs sent back to schools in Katete

By Staff Reporter

Katete district Society for Women and Aids in Zambia (SWAAZ) coordinator Ruth Mkanda says a lot of girls who dropped out of school have gone back to school with support from SWAAZ.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting yesterday, Mkanda said there was a reduction in teen pregnancies and early marriages in most rural schools since SWAAZ started sensitization on the re- entry policy and sexual reproductive health.

“Working with the European Union and NGOCC with support from SIDA, SWAAZ has managed to support 30 children in its quest to ensure that girls go back to school,” said Mkanda

She has since urged all stakeholders to continue working together to ensure that more affected girls were sent back to school.

Meanwhile, Katete District Education Board Secretary’s office says it has recorded an increase of 3.5 percent of pupil absenteeism since schools opened this year.

Speaking in an interview with Zambia National Information Service, acting DEBS Tapson Daka attributed the increase to the geographical terrain of the district as it was the rainy season and most water bodies were flooded.

Daka appealed to civic leaders in the district to help pupils attend school by putting up road infrastructures like bridges to enable pupils overcome the geographical challenges they have been facing.

“it was important that parents took into consideration the future of their children by desisting from taking their children to fields during school days and hours. And the delay in distributing foods to schools under the school feeding programme which is as a result of transport challenges is one of the contributing factors to poor attendance,” said Daka.