Be in school, not marriages – learners told

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Hon Halima Daudi

Member of Parliament for Dowa South East, Halima Daudi has called for communities in Dowa to take education as a gateway to bright future of their children.

She made the remarks on Sunday when she handed over a new Community Day Secondary School block at Kafumphe Primary School in Traditional Authority (TA) Mkukula, which has been constructed by Dowa district council under the Governance to Enable Service Delivery.

Daudi said the new CDSS is expected to increase chances and numbers of learners from surrounding areas, being selected into secondary schools.

“This should be a motivation for children, especially girls to remain in school, and for parents to make sure of this.The importance of education cannot be overemphasized; it is one of the effective building blocks for both personal and national development.

“If we want our children to have bright future, then we must make sure that we send them to school. That is why we are focused on improving access to education in the district,” she said.

She strongly spoke against leaving school for marriages and against anyone facilitating this.

Chief Education Officer for Dowa, Batson Kangulu said the new CDSS would reduce the distance to access secondary schools as some learners from the area travel around seven to 15 kilometres to find a secondary school.

He said the school would increase the overall figures of secondary school selection in the district.

Village headman Gomba welcomed the development and said it would help in reduction of school dropouts in girls and teenage pregnancies in his area.

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