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GOVERNMENT PLEDGES CONTINUED SUPPORT TO GIRLS

Government has pledged to continue supporting the girl child retention policy.

Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Technical Joel Kamoko says this will allow more girls to be educated.

Mr. Kamoko says Government has since allocated a 30 Million Kwacha in the national budget to support the program.

Mr Kamoko explained that girls, who get pregnant  while in school, will be supported to continue having access to education.

The permanent Secretary was speaking at a discussion  forum where a 15 year old grade 11Pupil Serah Tembo has launched a project Trail Blazer to advocate for girls education to return back to school after getting pregnant in Bauleni  Compound in Lusaka.

And Ministry of Information  and Media Spokesperson Thabo Kawana has advised society not to shun away from addressing issues of teen pregnancies in their communities.

Mr Kawana said such girls should instead be supported  for them to go back to school.

He said this in response to a parent Mrs Unice Sakala, who commented that there is need to intervene in cases of illegal abortions in communities by parents for girls so that they go back to school .

At the same function, UPND Chairperson   for special duties William Banda said   calls to support for girls to go back to school especially with the coming of free education..

Mr Banda, however, expressed concerned that there is a growing trend by young boys in communities  to join groups called junks and involve themselves in  beer drinking instead of going to school.

SourceZNBC
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