The number of girls who drop out of school due to early unintended pregnancies (EUP) is worrisome, with 6 159 cases confirmed in 2018 alone.
This was revealed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) country director, Hubert Gijen.
It is reality of early unintended pregnancies, a reality where adolescents’ fertility remains high amongst girls aged between 15 and 19 in Zimbabwe.
And this is at 21 per cent; that means one out of five girls is falling pregnant in that age group.
According to UNESCO’s findings, rural girls were more prone to have early unintended pregnancies than their urban peers.
Moreover, the pregnancy rate was found to be high among girls who only completed primary education (37 per cent), while for those who completed secondary education it was at 17 per cent.