Stakeholders in education commend new education act

By ZBC Reporter
THE Education Amendment Act has been described as a progressive piece of legislation that promotes the education of the girl child.
The Education Amendment Act provides for free education up to Ordinary Level, free sanitary wear for girls and allows pregnant girls to go to school.
Zimbabwe Teachers Association Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sifiso Ndhlovu says the new Act has created an enabling environment for education.
“We have been advocating for this and we are happy that what we have been advocating for has been put into law. What is left is for supporting mechanisms to ensure a success story of this development,” said Ndhlovu.
Nyaradzo Mashayamombe of Tag a Life, says the legislation has empowered the girl child and enhances access to education.
“This legislation has definitely brought new life to our girls. We now need the government to come up with a sustainable funding model for this programme,” said Mashayamombe.
Other citizens are however yet to come to terms with the aspect of allowing pregnant girls to go to school, arguing that it might influence other girls to fall pregnant.
While parents have their expectations, legislators believe that they considered the best interests of children in enacting the legislation.