Pregnant girls: Govt negotiates with schools

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Blessings Mashaya

SENIOR STAFF WRITER

mashayab@dailynews.co.zw

SEVERAL school girls fell pregnant during the coronavirus (Covid-19) – induced lockdown, a government minister has said.

Small and Medium Enterprises Development minister Sithembiso Nyoni told the National Assembly last week that as a result, the government was negotiating with schools to allow the students to attend lessons.

“We are very concerned as a ministry…a lot of girls are pregnant and we are working with the ministry of Education. We have formed child support committees of women; mothers that are supporting such girls. Some of them can  no longer fit into their uniforms as their pregnancy advances and we are talking to schools to allow them to use in their home clothes,” Nyoni said.

“The important thing is that the whole community needs to support such girls, the teachers need to support them and there is a need for peer to peer support. We cannot do that without the children also being made to understand that being pregnant sometimes may not be totally the girl’s fault.  Some girls are cornered into pregnancy.

“I have got some examples…of the girls whom we supported to go and write examinations and they did much better than the boys. So, we need to continue to support them to go to university, colleges and also to take up jobs because having a child does not mean that you are now disabled or you cannot do much in life,” the minister added

This comes as President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently signed a law barring government schools from excluding girls who fall pregnant from attending lessons.

SEVERAL school girls fell pregnant during the coronavirus (Covid-19)-induced lockdown, a government minister has said.

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