Schools warned against distribution of condoms

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has warned its partners in the Southern Region to stop distributing condoms in schools, saying this is contrary to their policies.

Mitochi: Striving to reduce HIV cases amongs school girls

Speaking during the official opening of a three-day workshop on Tuesday organised by Family Health International (FHi 360) in Balaka, the ministry’s director for secondary and distance education Chikondano Mussa said some partners distribute condoms to pupils in primary and secondary schools.

He said such partners think that is the best way to protect learners from contracting HIV, the virus that causes Aids.

“In the classrooms, we preach about abstinence and if we go around encouraging distribution of condoms, we may be contradicting ourselves,” she said.

Mussa called for coordination among stakeholders in addressing issues affecting girls that force them to drop out from school.

She further urged chiefs to be determined in ensuring that they end practices that promote transmission of HIV in their communities such as defilement, rape and early marriages.

Paramount Chief Kawinga said girls face many challenges that limit their access to education.

He said many of them are dropping out of school before they reach secondary level because of early marriages and pregnancies.

In her speech, Dreams Innovations Challenge project coordinator Mary Mittochi said their organisation is striving to reduce HIV cases among adolescent girls by bringing together stakeholders implementing similar projects in Zomba and Machinga to come up with one action plan.

She said the only way girls can avoid contracting HIV is through education, adding that they are in the forefront working with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to address the challenges

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Tsano poti Ana ena gadafi wawo ankhwima nde muwathandiza bwanji?

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Don’t be so myopic. Some of these kids are engaged in sexual encounters so consider this group when you are preaching about abstenance.

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There is need to bring sanity to this issue of condom distribution to public schools. I dont think your children are exposed to condoms as intentionally as you have made it easier to access them by the public schools goers. We always forget the parent in making such crucial decisions and policies and even during implementation of the same. Let’s not implement learner centred policies without the parent being directly involved

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i agree on that. we need to think holisitcally and come up with policies, decisions and actions that cut across all sections of the society otherwise we are spending more energy on one side and leaving the other challenge un attended.

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