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Education PS warns against re-entry policy abuse

GENERAL Education permanent secretary Chishimba Nkosha has said that the re-entry policy was formulated to re-integrate young mothers into the school system and should not be abused.
Mr Nkosha said there seems to be an abuse of the policy, which was introduced in good faith.
Speaking during the launch of the Microsoft supported ‘DigiGirlz’ day in Lusaka recently, Mr Nkosha encouraged schoolgirls to remain focused on their studies and not allow themselves to be distracted.
The Microsoft supported ‘DigiGirlz’ day was held in collaboration with the Forum for African Women Educationalists in Zambia (FAWEZA) and is designed to inspire girls to embrace and pursue careers in the information communication technology fields.
“Avoid getting into relationships particularly with older men. Government has put in so much in ensuring that you do not only get into school but remain there until you complete your education,” he said.
Mr Nkosha also expressed concern at the high number of girls dropping out of school because of pregnancies, adding that “the schoolchildren are practising unsafe sex and therefore more susceptible to acquiring HIV/AIDS as well”.
Meanwhile, Mr Nkosha cautioned pupils to stop abusing the new technology.
He said it is disheartening that many children have resorted to abusing new technology such as Facebook and Whatsapp.
Most pupils spend more time on the phone than on their studies.
“Examination questions are not based on these applications and therefore the only way to pass is through studying hard,” he said.

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