Chief Mbang’ombe of the Chewa people in Katete, Eastern Province, has expressed concern over the increased number of girls who have fallen pregnant during the period schools were closed due to Covid-19.
The Chief says some girls have also been married off because of being home.
Chief Mbang’ombe was speaking when Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Dora Siliya, called on him at his palace in Katete.
He said the situation is worrying but was quick to point out that the re-opening of schools is a relief as most girls will now be in school.
And Chief Mbang’ombe called on government to build more secondary schools in the area.
The traditional leader further expressed concern with how children with disabilities are being segregated in society especially when it comes to education.
He said he is working with the community to put up a special education unit at Imena school.
Meanwhile, Ms. Siliya said she will ensure something is done to address the challenges outlined by the traditional leader.
She said President Edgar Lungu tasked her to visit chiefs and hear the challenges that they are facing.