The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) reported that 18.2% of the school-going population between the ages of 4 and 24 dropped out of school for reasons related to marriage or pregnancy.
According to the education report published Tuesday by Zimstat, a large number of adolescents drop out of school for various reasons, the main ones being financial constraints (44.9%) and early marriage or pregnancy (18.2%). %).
“The PHC 2022 collected information on the reasons for dropping out of school. Among the population aged 4 to 24, 44.9% cited financial constraints as the main reason for dropping out of school. Reasons related to marriage/pregnancy were cited by 18.2%.
“Financial constraints were the main reasons why people aged 4 to 24 left school, both in rural (50.2%) and urban (36.7%) areas. This is followed by reasons related to marriage/pregnancy for both rural (19.8%) and urban (15.7%),” the report read.
Although there are organizations and advocacy groups working in communities to reduce child marriage, a high number of child marriages are still recorded.
According to Zimstat, of the 6,886,403 people in school aged 4-24, 71.4% were attending school while 96% of children aged 6-12 were attending school at the time of the 2022 population census. .
Zimbabwe is still struggling with child marriages with the apostolic sect contributing significant numbers due to religious beliefs that promote the despised tradition.
Just a few weeks ago, a 15-year-old girl from Norton died giving birth at a white-clothed church sect shrine in Bikita, Masvingo province. A few years ago, another 14-year-old girl, Anna Machaya, died in Marange after being married off and impregnated by an older man in the church.