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22 GIRLS WITHDRAWN FROM MARRIAGES IN EASTERN PROVINCE

Eastern Province Education Officer Allan Lingambe has said the Ministry of General Education was working hard to ensure that girls rescued from early marriages are taken back into school.

Dr Lingambe said schools now provide guidance services, creation of SAFE clubs and the re-entry policy as some of the activities to help the girl children.

He said the Ministry of General Education, with support from head teachers, parents and the police, has managed to rescue some girls from marriages and take them back to school.

Dr Lingambe said government has also brought on board some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as the Forum for African Women Educationists in Zambia (FAWEZA) to support the girl children.

He said FAWEZA was still on course in helping the girl children, who have been married, to get back into school.

Dr Lingambe further said that about 22 girls have so far been rescued from marriages and taken back to school in Eastern Province.

He has however not confirmed if there has been any arrest of parents who marry off their children at the tender age.

The PEO said the exercise will continue until early marriages end in the province.

Yesterday, chief Mbang’ombe of the Chewa people in Katete alleged that despite interventions of chiefs and NGOs in rescuing girls from marriages, the girl children were not being helped get back into schools.

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