By Jecina Chikwelete
Motivational talks targeting secondary school students from rural areas have been tipped as a vital tool that can help in curbing early marriages and school dropouts in the country.
Head teacher for Mpando CDSS in Lilongwe Samson Kawiya Phiri has said this after Plan International Malawi visited the school's 18 Plus Club with career people for motivational talks.
Speaking while expressing his gratitude to Plan International Malawi, Phiri said the school is experiencing high school dropouts due to early marriages and unintended pregnancies.
As of May 2022, seven learners had dropped out of school after either falling pregnant or impregnating fellow students.
According to Phiri, the majority of students in rural and remote areas have no role models to pursue education hence the need for organizations and other stakeholders to hold hands and provide motivational talks to such students.