School management at Kabzala Community Day Secondary School in Traditional Authority [T.A.] Mavwere in Mchinji has turned a two classrooms block into a girlâ€™s hostel inorder to accommodate female learners on Campus.
Deputy Head teacher for the school institution Terencio Gwirize said the decision was reached to keep female learners close to school. He further said allowing the female learners to commute from their homes was not viable.
Meanwhile Gwirize said most female learners in the area drop out of school and get married before completing their secondary education.
The move to turn a classroom block into a hostel, according to the deputy head teacher was therefore aimed at motivating the female learners to concentrate on their studies.
â€˜â€™At this school we do not have girls hostel as such most learners cover long distances to come to school. Alternatively we allowed the learners to findÂ accommodation in the nearby villages but that did not work as most of girls found it an opportunity for sexual Â promiscuities which resultedÂ in pregnancies,â€™â€™ he said.
Head girl for the school, Aness Lesson said it was worrisome that some classes have to be taken from improvised structures.
However she said it was necessary to house the female learners as most of them travel long distance to school.
â€˜â€™We are happy that management made the decision to keep us on campus without charging usâ€™â€™.
Meanwhile Chairperson for Kabzala School Management Committee, Henry Mataka said they have approached authorities for possible help on the matter but they have not responded.
He said the community has already molded bricks and put aside some land whereÂ a proper hostel structure can be built.
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