‘Re-open debate on schools condom kiosks’

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1982

HEALTH and Child Care Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairperson, Ruth Labode has said there is need to re-open debate over the distribution of condoms in schools in view of the revelations that thousands of children are falling pregnant every year.

by VENERANDA LANGA

Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora last week told the National Assembly that 4 500 Grade Seven pupils dropped out of school this year owing to pregnancies and child marriages.

“What the minister presented is just the tip of an iceberg because what he did not state to us is how many young girls die from illegal abortions as there are so many of them,” she said.

“We need a serious national dialogue to discuss whether we take the European way, where schools have condom kiosks, and also the issue of safe abortions because the high figures of maternal mortality are also caused by abortions and under-age girls giving birth.”

Labode said the 2016 Demographic Health Survey revealed maternal mortality was pushed up by illegal abortions.
“We are talking of Grade Seven pupils getting pregnant and they do not have access to contraceptives. When they get pregnant at the age of 12 after having sex without contraception, they resort to backyard abortions. Even if they keep the pregnancy, their bones are not yet ready. This increases maternal mortality,” she said.

The MDC-T legislator said in order to deal with the situation, national debate over whether to provide contraception to sexually-active children was imperative.

“We should also talk about safe abortions. For instance, other African countries like Ethiopia are talking of having safe abortions so that they are done medically and we stop girls from dying while doing abortions. It is frightening that young girls are having sex and we cannot stop them unless we deal with issues of poverty,” Labode said.

Culture Shock Trust founder, Nqobile Munzara said mothering children at a very tender age of 12 was dangerous as
it exposed girls to obstetric fistula, sexually-transmitted infections and HIV due to their lack of knowledge of contraception.

“Most of the perpetrators, who have sex with children, are known to the victims; they are husbands of the child brides, relatives of the children, or other teenagers, and one asks where the equally compelling statistics of arrested and imprisoned perpetrators are,” she said.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Yes we should consider putting condom, bronco, mbanje kiosk at every school otherwise vana very vangapere. I also suggest a resident DJ and building a night club on every school premise bcoz this will reduce the risk of our young girls going to city nightclubs where they can easily get HIV from older males…. In short just give them all they want!

  2. Yes the debate needs to be opened and here are my few questions:

    1) Vana vakaitswa numbu ava vari vechikoro vakaitisirwa numbu kupi kuchikoro here or?

    2) Ichokwadi here kuti chero macondom asimo muzvikoro numbu yakaitika nokuti akashaikwa.

    3) ko bonde zvarorambidzwa kuvana vechikoro vanoriitira pai uye nguvai ?

    4) ko vakaitisa vana nhumbu vana vechikoro here, mateacher here kana kui masabhukumumusha umu?

    5 Vana ava vakaitiswa pamuviri vakaitiswa vachida here kana kuti kubatwa chibharo?

    Kurudziro yangu ndeyekuti hatirege kubatwa in an emotional period by people who were just looking for an opportunity to push their agenda, saka kana mudzimba nemuroad macondomu ngaazadziwezve kana zvakadaro. hatimboti vana ava chero vari vechikoro vakapiwa pamuviri kudzimba kwavo kana kunedzimwe nzvimbo uye kuti vakabatiwa chibharo, kuisa macondomu muchikoro koshanda papi ndepapi paunoudza mubati wechibharoo kuti pfeka condom. Imwe musada kutibata kumeso this is just an opportunity to push an agenda through raisingmaemotions evanhu. kuvako kwamacondomu hakusundimunhu kuti aashandise ko vanomatorasei ivo vana ava vachiti vanomadii

    • apa wataura dama hama yangu … truth be told “where are they getting these pregnancies, is it at home; in the bush; at school where exactly and who is responsible for the pregnancy is it the teacher; fellow student…. and do we have rooms where students can have sexual intercourse at school… if not so why putting condoms in the school … aren’t we now pushing to fulfill someone else’s agenda to sleep with young girls …. C’mon my countrymen let us not just distribute condoms in schools… lets see where these pregnancies are emanating from and who is responsible

  3. Asi zvimwe zvinhu vakomana hanzi vana varikuhura nekuda kwepoverty umwe munhu oti gadzirisai nokuisa macondomu kiosk haa Mwari havatibatsire. ko dealaika nepovert iyo inorehwa iyo nanalabode.

    My contribution to the debate.

  4. zhara Kuda zvinhu technology internet poverty kukurumidza kukura peer pressure etc are major contributors to child pregnancies

  5. nowerdayz things have changed vanhu vamwari vana vakangoziva chete zvinhu hauchamugona. vana varikunyengerwa kumba zvekuchikoro kunyepa. kumba mahollidays mumatown haikona varikunyengesa vana tirikuzviona isu asi chekuita hapana nyika yashanduka motobvumira abortion otherwise wise muchaona vazhinji vachifa, kuzvara vamwe kurwara.Hurombo ndizvoo asi vana vedu amapenzi uye mahure and vashoma vana varikubatwa chibharo vanoto wirirana. ivooo varume kana tukomana twakungoti haaa kanoda kurohwa makumbo sex its now turning to be a pleasure to kids. hapana chichashamisa baba namai kupa mwana wenyu macondoms kana muchinge mazviziva kuti akunyenga kana kunyengwa protect them. kunyengwa kana kunyenga vana vanonakirwa nako, vanotamba nako asi kusaziva hamadzangu. ngatibatanei tiumbe vana ava.

  6. i do have a friend of mine his mom works in south africa and he was in zim one day his mom came back home while he was not at home. when i got home with him he saw a box of condoms on his bed and he called me in his spare bedroom we discussed over the issue andwe realised at the end that the mother was the one who brought him the preszent. on the other hand im saying you better love your kid by protection before sickness or fall pregnent.

  7. Such a timid act only justifies that we have failed and thus giving in, literally legitimizing promiscuity. Besides impacting basic knowledge, we should be willing to instil morals and religious norms to our children in order to be certain of our generation and country’s future. Lets be God-driven as we nurture this precious kids. Manners make man. A morally upright society by far outshines an educated one. Be bold enough to face the challenge head-on.

  8. If we can’t prevent these underage sexual encounters it does not mean we have to encourage it by giving the little ones condoms. Lets not look for “the easy way out” lets find good solutions, not these stop gap measures.

  9. WHY CONDOMS AT SCHOOLS AFTER ALL WE PREACH THAT “NO EARLY CHILD MARRIAGE” WHAT ARE WE PROMOTING HERE?? TOGADZIRISA ZVIMWE, ZVIMWE TICHIKANYA HERE VEDUWEE. NGATICHENGETEDZEYI HUNHU HWEDU NEKUTYA MWARI

  10. this is NONSENSE,,,REAL PARENTS WHO REALLY EXPECT A BRIGHT FUTURE OUT OF THERE CHILDREN CANNOT STOMACH SUCH TRASH HATCHED IN HELL,,,I SAY NO TO SUCH RUBBISH,,,THATS ENCOURAGING THEM TO COMMIT SUCH SUCH ABOMINATIONS…

  11. why not educating kids rather than that move because what i know is they have the condoms but they dont know the essence of using them them what is important is to educate them on how to use them because providing condoms st school will result in poor results in schools……..thats my take on that

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