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Over 2,000 teen mothers return to Zambian schools last year

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Educational authorities in Zambia said Wednesday that 2,047 girls were re-admitted back into schools last year under its re-entry policy.

This was out of 3,136 girls who had left school after falling pregnant.

Ministry of General Education Spokesperson Hillary Chipango said the girls were given leaves and re-admitted between six months and one year after delivery.

He said in a statement that the re-entry policy has scored a number of successes because of the large number of girls who had returned to school and successfully completed secondary education.

The re-entry policy was introduced in 1997 to allow girls who drop out of school due to early pregnancy to complete their education.

The policy, however, has received protests from sections of society who feel it was being abused by girls.

 

             

 

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