Nkasi — MORE than 7,000 children from both primary and secondary schools in Nkasi District in Rukwa Region have terminated their studies due to various reasons including truancy. The Nkasi District Academic Officer, Mr Linno Mwageni, mentions other reasons being normal school drop outs, pregnancies, illness and that most of them through the assistance of their parents and guardians are vigorously engaged in child labour.
Mr Mwageni revealed such a grimy situation before the Nkasi District Consultative Committee meeting held recently in Namanyere town, in the district.
He further expounded that out of 9,910 children who were enroled in Class One in 2007 about 6,128 children dropped out of school before Class Seven, this year, while out 2,277 students who joined Form One in 2010 out of them 1,000 failed to proceed to Form Four, this year.
"This is very alarming as many children are dropping out of school in large numbers. Despite this problem, there is no concerted effort to contain the situation on part of the parents, guardians as well as village and ward leadership," added Mr Mwageni
Earlier, while opening the DCC meeting, the Nkasi District Commissioner, Mr Iddy Kimanta warned all those officials who failed to deliver responsibly in their daily duties that relevant authorities will never hesitate to deal with them.