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School Re-Entry Policy

The success of the School Re-Entry policy is evaluated by the number of pregnant school girls who go back to school after giving birth. Muchinga province had 495 and 155 pregnancies at primary and secondary level respectively in the year 2015. At primary school, 170 (34%) of pregnant school girls were re-admitted whilst at secondary level, 111 (72%) of pregnant school girls went back to school to complete their education. The picture shows that girls falling pregnant at secondary school level have a much higher chance of going back to school to complete their education than their counterparts at primary school level. Between rural and urban areas in the province, 32% of girls falling pregnant in rural areas at primary school level return to school whilst 63% of their counterparts in urban areas go back to school after falling pregnant. At secondary school level, the trend is almost opposite of what is obtaining at primary school level in that 97% of secondary school girls falling pregnant in rural secondary school opt to go back to school to complete their education whilst only 30% of their counterparts in urban secondary schools do so. The table below shows details of pregnant school girls and re-admissions by province and location (rural and urban areas):

Table 5.3: Number of Pregnancies and Re-admissions

 

Provinces

Grade 1 – 7 Grade 8 – 12
Pregnancies Re-Admits Pregnancies Re-Admits
Rural Urban Rural Urban Rural Urban Rural Urban
Central 1,195 188 468 58 159 178 83 69
Copperbelt 578 473 239 160 121 454 102 311
Eastern 1,349 84 474 42 201 44 129 29
Luapula 893 97 365 60 180 47 110 24
Lusaka 513 463 217 175 60 272 45 179
Muchinga 463 32 150 20 94 61 92 19
North Weastern 1,393 97 763 98 344 42 291 45
Northern 729 94 347 54 97 142 53 32
Southern 1,839 169 678 95 209 185 107 131
Western 1,213 125 689 65 161 85 149 47
Total 10,163 1,822 4,390 827 1,626 1,510 1,161 886

Source: 2015 Ministry of General Education Statistical Bulletin