Fiona Ruzha, H-Metro Reporter
Government is working on allowing girls who fell pregnant during Covid-19-induced national lockdown beginning March this year, to wear their clothes while attending classes since some of their uniforms no longer fit.
This came upon the realisation that some of the girls who were part of the Zimsec exam classes which opened last Monday reported back for school pregnant.
Minister of Women Affairs and Small to Medium Enterprises Sithembiso Nyoni said every girl had the right to education despite circumstances hence this development.
“We are all aware of the spike in teen pregnancies during Covid-19 lockdown and as Government we are working on ensuring that girls who no longer fit in their uniforms, wear clothes when going to school.
“The solutions for preventing teen pregnancies go beyond enforced laws and policies but it is everyone’s (us parents and teachers) responsibility to ensure that teenagers are fully equipped with the knowledge that will enable them to take control of their own sexual reproductive health and rights,” she said.
According to a recent report by Plan International Zimbabwe, teen pregnancies has however, been worsened by the national lockdown which has kept children out of school for months.
The report further suggest that the prevailing lockdown has seen more young girls engaging in sexual activities with either older males and or boys of their age.