PARENTS REJECT MATERNITY LEAVE FOR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS THAT FALL PREGNANT

Written by on July 8, 2019

Parents in the Great Dyke have expressed concerns over some sections of the new Education bill that is being debated in parliament, particularly permitting students to take maternity leave days when they fall pregnant during the course of their studies.

Speaking to Great Dyke News, parents said they fear this approach will promote reckless behavior and have negative influence on children in schools.

Sexual education and condom distribution in secondary schools have in the past been rejected by parents on similar grounds, it remains to be seen whether this latest attempt to modernize the education bill will pass through parliament.

Statistics show that Zimbabwe has the highest teenage fertility rate in Sub- Saharan Africa with one in every 10 girls aged 15-19 years falling pregnant.

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The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira says he has been impressed by the work being done by Bitumen  on the Chibi Turnoff – Mhandamabwe highway.

Speaking to the media during a 15km walk from Chibi turnoff to Chibi growth point, Honourable Chadzamira said he applauds the company for the work they have done so far.

He added that the project has brought work and business opportunities to the surrounding community.

 

Rehabilitation of the 47-kilometer stretch of the highway is being done through funding from Government through the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA), in a development that is expected to curb  road traffic accidents that were now common feature.

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IN INTERNATIONAL NEWS… Emergency workers in Ridgecrest, California were assessing damage after a second major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck the desert community northeast of Los Angeles on Friday night.

It followed a magnitude 6.4 quake near the city on Thursday. No deaths or major injuries have been reported from either major temblor, but Friday’s 7.1 magnitude quake, which was felt throughout Southern California and in neighbouring Nevada, caused additional damage and left residents shaken.

Again, food flew off the shelves of supermarkets, and thousands of dollars’ worth of stock was destroyed in a liquor store.

Seismologists said the quake Friday was 10 times more powerful than Thursday’s earthquake.

Emergency workers have had to deal with fires, and water and gas leaks as Aftershocks continue to rattle the region.

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