5 000 Teenagers Impregnated, 1800 Teens Married Off In 2 Months – Report

2021 has seen 5 000 teenage girls getting pregnant and 1800 teens were reportedly married off to their lovers during the first 2 months of 2021, The Sunday News reports.

Authorities are speculating that was due to the idleness due to the 2 months lockdown that was imposed by the government at the turn of the new year to curb spreading the coronavirus.

Statistics presented by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development to the parliament also shared heartbreaking statistics that 15 young girls are raped every day.

Mashonaland Central accounted for most of the pregnancies and childhood marriages as shown in the table below:

Commenting on the statistics National Association of Secondary Headmasters president Mr Arthur Maphosa urged parents to be struck with their children as he called the situation detrimental:

The number of teenagers falling pregnant is not only disturbing but detrimental to efforts made by the Government and its partners to protect and empower the girl child. Children have to be in school but that was not possible for a long time due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown that forced the closure of schools. Our young girls were exposed to the vagaries of society, made to engage in sex, forcibly in most cases.

Parents no longer give strict supervision as they heavily rely on the school teacher to do the work. Hopefully as the Government finds a solution with communities, we hope to heal and mend the disaster through intense educational programmes.

We as educators cannot sit and leave the rot to spoil our children’s future. Men as fathers, brother and community leaders have to own up and stop this inhumane behaviour of raping our kids, marrying them off for money and status. It is disgusting,

More: The Sunday News

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