First Lady calls for more boarding schools


FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has called for the construction of more boarding schools in remote areas.
Mrs Lungu said this on Thursday when she addressed pupils at Iwonde Primary School in Ngabwe during an interactive session.
“There is need to have more boarding schools in remote areas to reduce the distance pupils walk from their homes to access education,” Mrs Lungu said.
Mrs Lungu said many girls are defiled on the way as they walk to school by men, who may also infect them with diseases.
Mrs Lungu said building boarding schools in remote areas will be one way of fighting defilement as children will be kept within their schools.
“Defilement has destroyed the lives of many young girls in our country and they need to be in schools where they are assured of protection,” Mrs Lungu said.
She said when a girl-child is protected in school, there is an assurance that she will get a good education and aim high.
She said many girls have fallen victim of defilement and have become pregnant, leading to their dropping out of school because of fear of being ridiculed by their fellow pupils.
And Iwonde Primary School head teacher Vincent Sikamena said most pupils live in far-flung areas resulting in covering long distances to attend school.

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