A Magistrate court in NkhataBay has ordered the suspension of 32 boys and girls at one school over pregnancy scandal just in one term, a situation that has raised eye brows over sex activities for teenagers in the lake shore fishing district.
Magistrate Alexander Gomba heard how 16 boys at Hoho secondary school in Chintheche impregnated the 16 girls just four weeks into the new term.
The magistrate said it was only proper and good to suspend both the boys and girls to give them ample time to look after the pregnancies, the worst pregnancy scandal at a school in living memory.
Gomba said after the girls had delivered, all the 32 were free to return to school and continue with their education.
This was after the magistrate had charged the boys with defilement as the girls looked younger than 18 years which could have taken them to jail.
However, the head teacher John Msowoya told the court that the girls were all 18 years old, saving the boys from going to jail for defilement.
Primary Education Advisor for Chintheche Peter Chirwa welcomed the ruling but parents of the children pleaded with the court to remove the suspension and accused the curriculum for fuelling sex amongst the youth saying the children are taught sex issues that they are not supposed to hear.
The 32 parents now risk K10, 000 fine for each student because of a standing rule in the area which prohibits school girls from getting pregnant and boys impregnating girls.
Reports indicate that the head teacher is receiving threats for disclosing that the girls were pregnant as this will force the parents pay the K10, 000 fine to the elders of the area.
The case was brought to court by a child protection NGO, Maranda Child Protection Committee.