By Richard Shumba
Member of Parliament for Gweru Urban, Hon Brian Dube has applauded the introduction of the Education Amendment bill which is set to grant school going children maternity leave as it empowers the girl child.
Hon Dube said in an interview that the bill is praiseworthy as it promotes equal access to education as no gender, male or female is supposed to be excluded.
“Education is a right and every person is entitled to that right and they should be no segregation of enjoyment of that right on the basis of status or physical condition. The old bill did not take into account the girl child during pregnancy as the male student was allowed to continue with his education while the girl child was denied to proceed.
“Biologically only females are capable of pregnancy and the previous law was excluding pregnant girls from attending school and also not giving an option on what happens after and as a result we have had many school dropouts”, he said.
Women in communities (WICO) executive Director Rebecca Tendai Chirega also welcomed the proposed new bill.
“Yes the bill is good it gives the girl child a second chance to pursue her education. Truth be told prevention is better than cure what we need to do is to allow them access to prevention so as to improve the lives of our children,” she said.
The decision to grant maternity leave to school going children is currently under debate waiting to be passed by the National Assembly.