PROSTITUTION has rocked Chipata College of Education in Eastern Province with some female students 'patrolling' the streets at night as they seek to sell their bodies in the fast developing town.
Moving out of the college at night is prohibited by school management but the students, especially those in their first year, are said to have ignored the guidelines by sneaking out as late as 22:00 hours to offer their bodies for cash.
According to Sunday Times investigations, some female students are spending nights on the streets and in night clubs wearing mini-skirts until dawn when they return to the college.
College principal James Mvula said he was aware about the illegal activity and warned that those caught would be dismissed as the practice was denting the image of the institution.
Mr Mvula, however, said the institution was sensitising the students against engaging themselves in illicit sex.
This is not the first time the students have attracted controversy over illegal night outings after eight of them were disciplined in 2010 for similar offences.
"I don't know if you had already started writing (reporting) because in 2010 we disciplined about eight students who were fond of sneaking out of the college," Mr Mvula said.
He attributed the problem to the central location of the college, which enabled students to engage in illegal activties.
Mr Mvula said measures such as routine roll calls during weekends for the boarders would be intensified.
"The students must always lead by example rather than doing the opposite. Like Saturdays in the morning after the roll calls students are allowed to go anywhere but by 17:00 hours they are expected to come back to the college," Mr Mvula said.
The escapades by some female students have angered their male counterparts who say such behaviour was damaging the image of the institution.
The college is the biggest and oldest higher learning institution training teachers in the province.