Ntcheu registers high school dropout among girls

Despite bold steps taken by various stakeholders in reducing cases of child and forced marriages Ntcheu district is registering increased cases of early marriages due to early pregnancies forcing many girls out of school.

Chipofya, YONECO manager in Ntcheu: Issues of Child marriages needs concerted efforts

Chipofya, YONECO manager in Ntcheu: Issues of Child marriages needs concerted efforts

A baseline survey which was conducted by Save the Children prior to implementation of Reducing Teenage Pregnancy project reveals that Ntcheu has a high school dropout rate of 23% overall. This is attributed to several reasons among them teenage pregnancies, poverty, lack of parental care, support and guidance and early marriages.

However, the district has been receiving various reports on cases of early marriage hence the need for intensive awareness campaigns so that girls remain in school. These cases are registered at a time marriage law is in place since it was passed by parliament that no child below the age of 18 shall be allowed to get married.

Ntcheu district Social Welfare Officer, Mike Makalande hailed Child protection
Committees, Child protection Workers, Save the Children, Youth Net and Counseling (YONECO) and Police among other stakeholders by following up such cases.

Makalande said a girl child needs to be protected from getting married at a tender age by admitting her back to school so that she attains high level of education.

“Children as far as 10 to 15 years old are marrying older men the size of their father. This is a very worrisome development especially this time when government is trying its best in making sure that girls are empowered through education,” said Makalande.

Youth Net and Counseling (YONECO) said last year alone, they withdrew about 68 children from Child marriages which is an indication that these cases are on the increase in the district.

Speaking to Nyasa Times, YONECO’s district Manager for Ntcheu, Mrs Sewenthe Chipofya said it is worrisome that despite all the efforts in trying to keep girls in school, cases of early pregnancies are on the increase hence resulting to school dropout among most young girls.

“Issues of Child marriages needs concerted efforts as they are done at various levels,” said Chipofya.

Save the Children is in a three year project called ‘Reducing Teen Age Pregnancies’ with the aim of reducing teen age pregnancies so that girls attain high level education.

The objectives of the project include; reducing girls school drop outs, increasing re-entry rates after delivery and increasing access to use of key sexual reproductive health services among the girls.

The project also seeks to improve learning environment and girl’s efficacy, improved access to high quality SRH services for adolescent girls among others.

The project is funded by NORAD.

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10 thoughts on “Ntcheu registers high school dropout among girls”

  1. Wanangwa says:

    The Nation and NGOs have encouraged condom use. What else do you expect? Priorities have been put upside down. Do not cry over spilt milk.

  2. Fumwe says:

    Fumbi ndiwe mwini,everyone is doing something that will help oneself in future,so those girls must think of their future first before doing zopusa zawozo

  3. wika says:

    Mpaka lero simukudziwabe kuti Ntheu ndi boma la mahule .75% yamahule amachokera ku Ntheu.

  4. Shadow MP Ntcheu North says:

    Tikatenga Boma mu 2019 zonse tidzathetsa sinanga ms MP ena sanapite ku xool ndiye ndipomvuta kuti athandize Boma komaso amabungwe to bring back these teens to xool.come 2019-2024 zidzatheka, mtundu washy, Boma lathu mudzi wathu ineeeeeeeeeeeh!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. fumu chavula says:

    Mukuona nokhatu,wakumpoto waphunzila walakwitsa, koma inu zikukukanikani nokha.

  6. yakobo says:

    Feeling sorry of my homeland

  7. Guguh says:

    Koma dziko linonso! How can we improve with this mentality how???

    Several thoughts come to mind.

    Hon Kaliati(this being her ministry)should get serious on this. She should work with law makers to establish a tough punishment on men impregnating girls. If you cut the root it won’t grow.

    She can also work with NGO’s that focus on these issues to sensitise our women and girls across the country that education is important.

    She should encourage women who are educated across the country to visit a nearest school in their district or town and mentor these girls/women on the importance of education.

    More importantly we need a lot of male advocates for female education.this is not just a woman’s fight. But if we want a better future for our country we need to work together. Govt NGO’s…corporates and even in our homes without looking at the gender or age

  8. guta says:

    Uhule ku Ntcheu, Chisembwere

  9. Phaghlani Vwavwa says:

    Please, please fix this problem as a matter of urgency. We don’t want anyone to blame northerners for poor representation of Ntcheu women in the future labour market or forcing the introduction of some sort of quota system

  10. LIWONDE TUROFF says:

    ONE SHOULDER!!!!!! KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

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