Letter to the Editor

Could high girl pregnancies be old problem?

Dear editor,
I AM alarmed by the high number of girls dropping out of school after falling pregnant.
Almost every week the media has been reporting statistics of these girls, many of whom are married off by their parents after or even before giving birth.
I am wondering if the re-entry policy could be contributing to the high number of girl-mothers who are dropping out of school.
Sociologists and child psychologists owe us an explanation as to what is fuelling this phenomenon.
One question I have been grappling with is whether these cases have always been there, only that they were not reported in the past.
We may be thinking that the number of girls has risen when it may have been the same, even higher in the past but society didn’t see it as a problem.
Can someone help me understand this puzzle?
LUBUMBE NG’ANDWE MUSHIPI,
Solwezi.

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