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People in Phalombe have asked the Malawi government to put into reality its manifesto of putting the welfare of its people at heart especially fighting the abuse that women are subjected to. The people are worried that women rights including rights of school going girls seem to be at the mercy of perpetrators.

“How come girls are being raped as if there is no government in place? Why should women who are in large numbers in the country and voted for the government to be in place not enjoy the fruits of their toil?” wondered a woman in Phalombe.

Women’s Forum Executive Director Philes Jailosi has however said that his organisation will make everything possible to see to it that girls are not abused in the district.

She has however expressed her disappointment over the revelation that in the just ended school calendar four girls were impregnated by teachers who were found guilty of impregnating and marrying learners in their schools.

Another concern was about the news that over 80 female learners dropped out of school in just two educational zones of Nazombe and Nkhulambe in Phalombe during last school calendar.

An official from the district education office Davis Mataka confirmed that four teachers were indeed dismissed during the 2014/2015 school calendar after being found guilty of impregnating and marrying learners in their schools which contravenes the Teaching Service Commissions Act.

On that, Jailos hailed the education office for the action of dismissing the teachers, saying the move will send a signal to would-be offenders and save the future of the girl child and the nation at large.

Jailosi said her organisation will continue promoting girls education in the district in a bid to make sure that girls complete their studies. She expressed her concern over increased early marriages which are the biggest contributor to school dropout among female learners in Phalombe.

A concerned parent in the district has however asked the government to take a step further in prosecuting the teachers so that sanity is brought in the country.
The parent, Kenneth Phiri observed that during the Malawi Congress Party rule, no teacher would dare propose love to a pupil.

“If a fellow pupil could be sent home by just proposing a fellow pupil, do you get surprised that no teacher could propose or rape a pupil? That is what we call sanity in government and that is the kind of governments that we would want this time around in Malawi so that the country should enjoy the freedom with responsibility,” he said.

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