Bush board­ing houses ex­pose girl learn­ers

The Manica Post - - Local News - Sharon Chigeza Post Cor­re­spon­dent

DE­VEL­OP­MENT or­gan­i­sa­tions have ex­pressed con­cern over the emer­gence of bush board­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Chi­man­i­mani ex­pos­ing school girls to early sex­ual re­la­tions with older men dur­ing their stay away from par­ents.

Ac­cess to sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion is con­sid­ered to be a ma­jor chal­lenge for most learn­ers, who are forced to walk long dis­tances.

In some des­per­ate cases, they are forced to re­sort to bush board­ing fa­cil­i­ties near schools.

Speak­ing at the Fourth Quar­ter Ado­les­cent Sex­ual Re­pro­duc­tive Health (ASRH) Fo­rum held by the Zim­babwe Na­tional Fam­ily Plan­ning Coun­cil (ZNFPC), a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Young Peo­ple’s Net­work, Trust Chi­nawa said over 300 school chil­dren were liv­ing with­out any form of parental su­per­vi­sion ex­pos­ing them to risky be­hav­iours as they tried to make ends meet.

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