Teachers houses now out of bounds’
By CHRISTINE CHISHA and ARTHUR MWANSA
GOVERNMENT has banned pupils’ visitations to teachers’ houses even for tuition to help reduce cases of child sexual abuse.
And the Ministry of Education says it has in the last seven months recorded 16 cases of girl-child abuse around the country.
Minister of Education Dora Siliya said headteachers, district education board secretaries and provincial education officers must ensure any teacher found guilty or accused of abusing a child is suspended to facilitate investigations.
“Students should not be allowed to go for tuitions at teachers’ houses. Education authorities should not be lenient on teachers who are in a habit of tutoring girls at their homes, even if their houses are within the school premises,” Ms Siliya said.
The minister was speaking when she opened a Zambia Media Women’s Association (ZAMWA) media training workshop on child sexual abuse for girls in Lusaka yesterday.
She urged parents-teachers’ associations to take interest in the education of their children.
Ms Siliya said parents should be aware that schools are no longer a safe place for their children.
“We should re-think on how safe our educational institutions are…the silent danger is within the school, where both boys and girls are abused.
And ZAMWA chairperson Margaret Chimanse urged journalists to educate the public on the rights of children.
She also urged them to come up with a strategy for bringing out the issue of child abuse, and help in break the silence.
Ms Chimanse urged Government to ensure teachers and members of the public who abuse children are punished.