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Rampant early marriages in Chikwawa worries DC

Written by  Steven Chirombo

Chikwawa, August 2: Chikwawa District Commissioner, Alex Mdooko said the rampant cases of early marriages in the district is a disastrous on its own that calls for concerted efforts to deal with and has since called on parents to assist in curbing the problem.

Mdooko observed that although many organizations have intervened to curb the tendency through initiatives like provision of necessities for the girl child’s education that include fees, pocket money, sanitary pads and many others, nothing tangible is showing up.

He said most young girls in the district are busy parting and celebrating mostly in trading centers, beer drinking places among many other places as though they have done away with education, a thing he said Non-Governmental Organizations needed to critically scrutinize.

He made the remarks on Wednesday during the launch of a MK25,000,000 Disaster Risk Management project in the district.

“Early marriages in the district are a worrisome problem. They are a disaster on their own and it is painful that most organizations are giving out all the necessities towards the girl child’s education but beneficiaries are still withdrawing from school.

“So, with this problem, I urge all parents to help the district as well as the concerned organizations by making sure that our girls are behaving towards success because this issue is increasing illiteracy levels in the district,” he bemoaned.

The visibly concerned district commissioner said if parents are failing to instill ownership in their children, then they are raising thugs saying very young girls are going into bars where they drink beer and are involved in many malpractices while parents are there watching.

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