Children dropped out of School to marry in Chikwawa

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It has been established that forced early marriages and teenage pregnancies are still on the increase in Chikwawa and are leading to high school dropout rates in the district.

According to a Mtuwe pa bwalo committee introduced by Sustainable Rural Growth and Development Initiative (SRGDI) in the area, over 150 girls in the district left school for marriage last year.

Malawi Primary school

Girls leaving school for marriage.(Library)

The committee also found that out of 100 women in Chikhwawa, 60 of them do not know how to write or read representing a 60 percent illiterate rate.

Speaking on the issue, Chikwawa first grade magistrate Smart Maluwasa said early marriages is one of the serious challenges the district is facing.

Maluwasa said the most worrisome thing is that most of the girls in the district are being forced into marriages when they are not mature enough for it which is leading to the increase in number of girls leaving school while they are young.

The magistrate also said parents in the district are still unaware of how important education is to a girl child.

He therefore appealed to government, concerned organizations and individuals to consider sensitization campaigns on the importance of education to a girl child so that the malpractice should come to an end before things get worse.

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  1. In Malawi to be educated and un educated z the same.eg we hav ove 100,000 holders of M.S.C.E.who burn charcoal to earn aliving.9,500 holders of Primary school teacher certificate who are growing cotton since gvt has no funds,no recruitment at all.graduate frm universities are un countable who are moving here and there,no work in Malawi.to access education now is expensive bcoz every where have nots are asked to pay eg k135,000 to hav T.T.C first certificate.so education 4what?

  2. Nanga apanga bwanji,makolo alibe xul fees chakudya pakhomo palibe komanso anao akaphunzila phindu lake makolowo sakuliona thuswhy akungokwatiwa

  3. to be educated is not only about finishing or employed in your own country! sometimes you can have papers but if you don’t have achievement you can’t go further, on your own you have to participate and have individual development, so many people are well educated and our national is small boma silingakwanise kutilemba tnchito look how many people are residing in RSA, about 6 million people 70 percent of those people have developed their rural areas, akutumidza ana ao muma xool apamwamba, ena mwaiwo sanapite ku xool. but akutukula upcoming generation. so kusiya boma pambali tayenera kulimbikisa anawa kupita ku xool, amene akusewera mu parliamentwa adapita ku xool. ziko ndi anthu osampuzila zosatila ndi umphawi.. ayenera kupita ku xool za maukwatizo ndikuonjezela mavuto ena muno mu Malawi..

  4. Masiku ano sukulu ilibe phindu,amene anaphunzila,anaphunzila kale.mkhalamba ndizomwe zikukakamila mipando koopsya, ukalimbana nazo utafe ndiwe. Atsikana kaya anyamata kwatilanani, ndi ufulu wanu koma chachikulu kulemba ndi kuwerenga mukudziwa. Mkhalamba zakwiya kukakamira maudindo, mwamuona bwanji Winiko ? Kungoyesera kumatcha bwanji amuchotsa muchipani. Mkhalamba sizimamva zonena mwana amati sumapole pa mchombo,kuli kukakamila kumeneko.

  5. Kuphunzira sikuti chani moyenda muno anthu akuvutika kumakhala ngati bububu kuntchito ,education is akey false them to go to school please .

  6. Kodi mmene Ili njala mmakomomu kusukuluko kongakome. Kungotutana banja lonse okagwira ganyu basi. Kungokwatitsanapo basi. Ndalamazo kukagula matumba achimanga.

  7. Education is the key, not to employment only but to own bussines as well. I think parents need to be taught why education is a good investment. As a parent we need to play a bigger roul by sending & motivating our kids the importance of education. The goverment also need to take their part by providing infrastructure,teachers and equipment to meet us halfway.

  8. Education is the key, not to employment only but to own bussines as well. I think parents need to be taught why education is a good investment. As a parent we need to play a bigger roul by sending & motivating our kids the importance of education. The goverment also need to take their part by providing infrastructure,teachers and equipment to meet us halfway.

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  10. Thats good…..tengani makasu muzikalima….there is no future at school…..ma degree ma diploma akungokhala manyumbamu…and those cows called themselves educated they are fighting each other in parliament…l

  11. Thats good…..tengani makasu muzikalima….there is no future at school…..ma degree ma diploma akungokhala manyumbamu…and those cows called themselves educated they are fighting each other in parliament…l

  12. Mmamizimu muli mavuto azaoneni guys tifune tisafune izi zikupangika chifukwa cha uphawi basi.Boma liikepo mfundo zokhwima ngati mmene apangila anzathu aku Namibia kuti yense okwatila mwana kapena kupeleka phaaa 20 yrs in jail basi.Fortunately we have village heard men.

  13. Mmamizimu muli mavuto azaoneni guys tifune tisafune izi zikupangika chifukwa cha uphawi basi.Boma liikepo mfundo zokhwima ngati mmene apangila anzathu aku Namibia kuti yense okwatila mwana kapena kupeleka phaaa 20 yrs in jail basi.Fortunately we have village heard men.