TRENDING NEWS – Zimbabwe makes it illegal for schools to expel pregnant girls

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As a measure to tackle the problem of gender inequality in the education system and discouraging many girls from dropping out of school, Zimbabwe has made it illegal to expel pregnant girls from schools.

As indicated by Zimbabwean media, a legitimate revision was reported a week ago and it looks to fortify a 1999 rule that was patchily executed.

The choice was purportedly made over feelings of trepidation of an ascent in sexual maltreatment and undesirable pregnancies as schools have been shut since the Coronavirus pandemic struck.

As a measure to tackle the problem of gender inequality in the education system and discouraging many girls from dropping out of school, Zimbabwe has made it illegal to expel pregnant girls from schools.

As indicated by Zimbabwean media, a legitimate revision was reported a week ago and it looks to fortify a 1999 rule that was patchily executed.

The choice was purportedly made over feelings of trepidation of an ascent in sexual maltreatment and undesirable pregnancies as schools have been shut since the Coronavirus pandemic struck.

Numerous guardians of pregnant young ladies, or the young ladies themselves, choose to stop tutoring because of the pregnancy, and schools don’t generally do what’s necessary to urge them to remain, authorities state.

“I’m expecting every parent and guardian and everyone else to understand that every child must be assisted by all of us to go to school,” Cain Mathema, the education minister in charge of schools, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week

“Every child whether boy or girl… has a right to go to school in Zimbabwe,” he said.

In 2018, 12.5% of the nation’s approximately 57,500 school dropouts quit going to classes because of pregnancy or marriage reasons – practically every one of the young ladies, as per Education Ministry measurements.

Sibusisiwe Ndlovu, the specialized authority at Plan International Zimbabwe invited the new enactment as a positive development.

“This amendment is crucial in fulfilling the access to education right for all children – especially girls,” Ndlovu said.

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