More than 38 pupils in Mansa district forced out of school by pregnancies

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Mabumba High day school,
Many children live a long way from school and prefer to rent accommodation nearby. Grade 12 pupil Dorcas, 17, stopped attending the Mabumba High day school, about 20km east of provincial capital Mansa, after becoming pregnant. She said: “We were staying the three of us [girls], then we started sharing the house with three guys and that is how we paired ourselves. We just wanted some form of emotional support; life is really tough out there. So, the whole of last year we were living together with the guys and would have [unprotected] sex almost every night but everything was OK.” ~ Dorcas. Photo Credit - Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

At least 38 pupils have dropped out of school at MABUMBA Secondary School in Mansa district due to pregnancies. School Head Teacher, ALEX CHIMBULE has attributed the development to lack of boarding facilities at the school which is situated about 21 kilometers from Mansa District. Mr. CHIMBULE told a ZNBC news that over FIVE hundred pupils are forced to rent makeshifts in the nearby village for fear of walking long distances from various villages. He said this development has resulted in the girls either being raped or engaging in child prostitution for survival. And one of the pupils, RABBECA SUNGUNI complained that their lives are in danger as the men in the same village constantly abuse the unsuspecting girls.

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Meanwhile, Mansa Central Member of Parliament, CHITALU CHILUFYA has pledged to facilitate the construction of boarding facilities at the school. Dr. CHILUFYA who is also Health Deputy Minister said the school is strategically positioned to service most children in Mabumba chiefdom

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Many children live a long way from school and prefer to rent accommodation nearby. Grade 12 pupil Dorcas, 17, stopped attending the Mabumba High day school, about 20km east of provincial capital Mansa, after becoming pregnant. She said: “We were staying the three of us [girls], then we started sharing the house with three guys and that is how we paired ourselves. We just wanted some form of emotional support; life is really tough out there. So, the whole of last year we were living together with the guys and would have [unprotected] sex almost every night but everything was OK.” ~ Dorcas.
Many children live a long way from school and prefer to rent accommodation nearby. Grade 12 pupil Dorcas, 17, stopped attending the Mabumba High day school, about 20km east of provincial capital Mansa, after becoming pregnant. She said:
“We were staying the three of us [girls], then we started sharing the house with three guys and that is how we paired ourselves. We just wanted some form of emotional support; life is really tough out there. So, the whole of last year we were living together with the guys and would have [unprotected] sex almost every night but everything was OK.” ~ Dorcas.

 

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