Punish any Government officials found to have impregnated school girls

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)

The Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia -BETUZ- has called for punishment of any Government officials found to have impregnated school girls.

BETUZ General Secretary Jeffrey Simuntala says this is because of the high number of school going girls being impregnated.

Mr. Simuntala says the Union will also continue to support for stiffer penalties to be meted on teachers who are found to have impregnated their pupils and students.

He told ZNBC News that the development in Kaoma where 30 pupils have gone on maternity leave at Kaoma High School makes sad reading.

Mr. Simuntala has noted that it for this reason that punishment should be extended to all culprits who contribute to disturbing of education of young girls.

Last week Kaoma High School head-teacher Jonathan Mukenge, confirmed that 30 pupils had gone on maternity leave.