According to education officials at the Division, Nkhata Bay, Chitipa and Mzimba North are topping the list.
‘It is worrisome that the number of girls dropping out of school is still high despite various interventions. In case of Mzimba North, many girls are dropping out of school to get married to men who go to work in South Africa. Some of them could be in form one but there is already a man waiting to marry them,’ lamented a representative of the Education Division Manager, Robbins Msiska.
In an effort to inspire many girls and women to continue with their education and eventually join the industry, officers at the National Construction Industry Council, NCIC, in the North engaged girl students at Euthini Secondary School in Mzimba North.
Jeremiah Nkhowani, Regional Engineer at NCIC, says there is low participation of girls and women in the construction industry.
“The construction industry is dominated by men. Going by statistics, only one percent of girls and women participate in various sectors of the industry. Realizing their role in development, we are conducting the career talks to increase their participation in the years to come,” Nkhowani said.
Every year, forty girls are selected from 209 primary schools in Mzimba North to go to Euthini Secondary School, the only boarding institution in the district, but not all of them complete their education, according to education authorities.
Government is increasing equity and access to education, and realizing their vulnerability, various stakeholders are also supporting girls’ education.