82, 402 Children Drop Out of School in the South

Most children fail to further their education due to early marriages and pregnancies Most children fail to further their education due to early marriages and pregnancies - File photo

There is a shocking revelation that 82, 402 children dropped out from school in the 2018/19 academic year in the southern region alone.

World Vision National Director, Hazel Nyathi, attributed this to various reasons such as poverty, child marriages and early pregnancies.

Nyathi, says the figure is worrisome, calling on stakeholders to up their efforts to address the sad news.

“The number is just too high to reckon with and that for us is really a major issue that we need to pull our sleeves together on how can we keep our children in school.

“We are talking of issue of child pregnancy, child to child marriages, which actually should not exist because children cannot marry each other. That is a major issue we are facing to address,” said Nyathi.

She disclosed this in Blantyre on Wednesday during a Southern Region District Stakeholders Management Meeting.

Chiradzulu District Commissioner, Reinghard Chavula, said more effort is needed in the communities where she said problems originate from.

“Problems are emanating even from the villages themselves; so we have committees that are working at district level with social welfare office and district education managers.

“They are trained hard to bring in activities and programs that will help keep children especially girls in schools,” she said.

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