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32 Students Suspended Over Pregnancy Scandle

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A magistrate court in Nkhata Bay has ordered that 16 boys who have impregnated 16 school girls be suspended so as to understand the pain of having to be forced out of school.

A total of 16 girls from Uhoho primary school under Chintheche education zone in Nkhata-Bay have been impregnated by fellow schoolmates barely four weeks into the third term of the current academic year.

Following a record pregnancy scandal which has fallen upon the school they have been forced out of Uhoho Primary school.

Even after discovering that their girl children had dropped out of school due to pregnancy parents did not take the matter to authorities in fear of the bylaws.

Zodiak understands that the bylaws in question stipulates; In the event that a school girl falls pregnant, parents of both the victim and the culprit shall be subjected to a K10, 000 fine among other penalties.

The Malanda child protection committee, a brain child of the Livingstonia Synod Aids Program, which was fored with the core objective for the girl child education, dragged all the 32 learners to Chintheche Magistrate Court.

The trial was characterised by drama as parents of both the victims and the culprits took turns in defence by attacking the countrys’ education system as the reason for the learners conduct.

The cited the Life Skills subject saying the content in the subject does not tally with primary school education. They added that the subject is an ignition for promiscuity among the learners.

But primary school advisor for Chintheche, Education zone Mr. Peter Chirwa downgraded the assertion arguing that the subject teaches healthy life among learners.

Having analysed arguments from both sided to the aisle, presiding  Magistrate Alexander Gomwa suspended all the responsible boys from school so that they take part in caring for the pregnancies they caused.

Magistrate Gomwa said that the boys and girls will be reintegrated back in school after the girls deliver.

The magistrate then adjourned the courts to allow the Uhoho school authorities to submit ages of the girls so as a defilement case be opened for the boys be it that the girls are under aged.

This caused concerned parents in the communities around Uhoho School to start threatening the school authorities if their sons are to be jailed.

However, the school teachers after reviewing their registers found that all the girls were aged 18 to the surprise of the court.

Magistrate Gomwa was then compelled to dismiss the pending defilement charges due to insufficient evidence.

Meanwhile reports reaching Zodiak indicate that the schools’ head teacher is still being threatened by the community members who are saying that they have been betrayed by the school by the act of teachers reporting the matter to court. 

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