The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has recorded an increase in the number of pupils returning to schools in Manicaland Province after dropping out for various reasons.
Early pregnancies and fees challenges were cited as the major factors that contributed to pupils dropping out of school.
A high number of girls fell pregnant during the lengthy national lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and forced the closure of schools, Manicaland Provincial Education Director, Edward Shumba, revealed. He said:
From the survey we have carried out, indications are that many girls and their boy peers are back in school after having been out at some point.
The other reports I am getting also show that a sizeable number are already continuing with their studies.
We had to carry out an outreach programme to sensitize communities that girls could actually get back into school after falling pregnant.