130 girls return to school in Nalolo

By Staff Reporter

Over 130 girls have returned to school in Nalolo district of Western Province through the Keeping Girls in school initiative Project.

Project coordinator Ngonya Miyoba says government’s desire was to see all girls accorded equal school opportunities as boys.

Miyoba told ZANIS in an interview that despite government’s strong will towards gender balance, gender disparity between girls and boys remained high.

She pointed out that early marriages were on the increase in the district and implored parents to support their children to remain in school.

And Speaking at the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) in Nalolo district during candle lighting event, General Education Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba urged pupils to prioritize education.

Meanwhile, one of the keeping girls in school project beneficiaries Sililo Kaonde, a grade 12 pupil at   Nalolo secondary school, burst into tears after Kalumba pledged to be giving her K1,000 every month for upkeep.

Kalumba has also announced the reduction of school fees in the church amid cheers.