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State awards bursaries to girls in Mkushi

THERE are many cases of child marriages that take place in Nakonde district without the knowledge of relevant authorities. This vice has forced many girls to drop out of school.

GOVERNMENT has awarded bursaries to ovcer 30 girls in Mkushi district  in an effort to also reduce early marriages.
Mkushi district commissioner Luka Mwamba said the girls are part of the 35 girls who were married off by their parents between 2015 and 2016.
“Social Welfare department took the initiative to put the girls on bursary and take them back to school after they were married off,” Mr Mwamba said.
Mr Mwamba, who was speaking in an interview recently, said the decision to sponsor the girls was arrived at beacuse their parents were unable to pay school fees, leaving them with no option but to marry them off.
However, Mr Mwamba said out of the 35 girls, two still absconded school in preference for marriage.
He said the social welfare officers have also started sensitising parents on the importance of not marrying off their children at an early age.
“The sensitisation exercise will make parents realise the importance of education,” he said.
Mr Mwamba also said eight girls have been withdrawn from forced marriages and sent back to Milosos primary school.
He said the girls have accepted to stay in school after engaging with their parents on the importance of education.
Mr Mwamba commended traditional leaders who have played a vital role in reporting cases of early marriages which has made it easier to locate the affected girls.

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