A senior officer in the ministry of education in Nchelenge district in Luapula province has expressed worry over the escalating number are of girls dropping out of school due to pregnancies.
Nchelenge District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Bennie Mwansa in an interview with ZANIS said 225 girls have this year alone dropped out of school because of pregnancies.
Mr Mwansa said 25 of the girls are from Nchelenge Secondary School while the remaining 200 are from the 50 primary schools of district.
He said the picture is not good and expressed worry that the figures could even be bigger considering that some of the cases go unreported.
He noted that though there is a reduction in the number of girls getting pregnant per year in the district, the figures are not pleasing and advised the parents in the district to take full responsibility and control their girl children.
The DEBS said the parents must always endeavour to know where their girls are at a particular time to
safe guard safeguard them from indulging into illicit sex that subsequently result into undesired pregnancies.
Mr Mwansa further said the parents must also provide for the girls arguing that some of them indulge in illicit sexual behaviour out of envy from friends.