Bill to protect child mothers will be hard to implement
The Senate is set to debate the Care and Protection of Child Parents Bill 2016 which intends to protect the rights of child parents. The Bill is a good idea but the proposer has not really thought it out well, as its implementation in its current form is close to impossible. This is because it sidelines other parties and doesn’t have points of cooperation, only cold directives to them. These parties include parents, school administrators and society. We have to appreciate that once they give birth, they are mothers. Acknowledging that, then we will be in a position to ensure they have access to education. The main reason why child mothers drop out of school is because of discrimination and vilification by students and teachers. We need to change this attitude.The Bill also contradicts itself. On one side, it sidelines parents and gives the child independent rights while on the other it gives the parent full responsibilities.
MARTIN MAKUNDI Mwala