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Chief calls for timely release of children from initiation camps

Written by  Synd Kalimbuka
Newly-initiated boys come out of camp to start a new life - File Photo Newly-initiated boys come out of camp to start a new life - File Photo

Zomba, August 30, 2018: Senior Chief Mlumbe of Zomba has ordered all chiefs under his jurisdiction to close all initiation camps in time to allow school going children attend classes.

The order comes as there are only two weeks remaining for the first term of the 2018 and 2019 academic year to commence in the country.

The Senior Chief said extending the initiation period will violate rights of the children and can negatively affect their performances once they come back to school.

“The future of our country lies in the young children, as such there is need for them to be given every opportunity to learn,” said Senior Chief Mlumbe.

He added that initiation camps should not be reasons for delaying children to start school bearing in mind that there was what he called enough time for the holiday.

The Senior Chief has since warned chiefs who will not adhere to his communication that they will be punished accordingly.

District Education Manager Charles Sakwata has since hailed the chief for the order which he said will promote child education.

“It is our wish that classes start with all learners on board. Extension of initiation camps affects education process, imagine a standard one learner while he is at camp his friend will be learning how to hold a pencil and write the alphabet letters,” said Sakwata.

He further called other chiefs in the district to emulate what Senior Chief Mlumbe has done.

Last year, the area of Senior Chief Mlumbe did not register any case of delayed release of children from initiation camps.

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