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Five Grade 10 Solwezi pupils fall pregnant

From BUTTYSON KANDIMBA in Solwezi
FIVE Grade 10 pupils at Kikombe Secondary School in Solwezi in North-Western Province have fallen pregnant.
School headteacher Pamela Kadimba confirmed the development in an interview.
Ms Kadimba said the number of girls falling pregnant at the school annually has reached alarming levels.
She attributed the increase in pregnancy cases at the school to insufficient secondary schools in the district forcing most pupils to walk long distances to access the nearest education facility.
“When you look at statistics of the majority of these young girls falling pregnant, most of them are being impregnated by taxi and bus drivers as they seek to raise money for transport fare due to the long distances from their homes to school,”Ms Kadimba said.
She said there is need for Government to come up with a deliberate policy to sensitise pupils especially girls on the dangers of child pregnancies.
Ms Kadimba lamented that the increasing trend of girls dropping out of school in preference to marriage is contributing to escalating cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
She said most women and or girls in marriages succumb to GBV as they are solely dependent on men.

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