Reported by Johans Mumba
Labor Minister Ken Kandodo has lobbied for unwavering access to menstrual hygiene materials for girls in rural areas to ensure pursuit of education is not compromised.
Kandodo stressed high levels of poverty in rural areas impacts heavily on girls’ education as most fail to purchase sanitary resources.
He made the remarks when he donated assorted menstrual hygiene items to 200 girls from Chilinda primary and secondary schools in Kasungu district.
Kandodo said, “Girls in the remote areas struggle to get the sanitary pads due to financial incapacitation by their parents.”
According to Kandodomost girls are forced into absenteeism a development which affects their access to quality education.
“There is need for different quotas to support efforts to create conducive learning environment for the girls in the country.” Kamwendo explained.
During the donation it was also discovered Chilinda secondary schools is in dire need of hostels.
The minister pledged to evoke ministry of education to consider initiating more hostels at Chilinda secondary School inorder to curtail the challenges in question.
In her remarks a form 3 Sarah Mbewe expressed gratitude to the minister for exhibiting an interest in fighting for the girls to have quality education.