About 974 girls dropped out of school as at March 31st 2017 in Eastern Province.
Provincial Education Officer Allan Lingambe says the affected girls dropped out of school for various reasons, which include early marriages, illnesses and failure by parents and guardians to financially support them.
Dr. Lingambe however, says that the number of girls dropping out of school has reduced compared to the past years.
He told Breeze News that this is because of the introduction of the re-entry policy.
Dr. Lingambe says 1,134 girls who dropped out of school last year, are back in school.
He says with the help from traditional leaders and sensitization on the matter, 22 girls were retrieved from marriages in the first term this year.
A 76 year old man has committed suicide, in Sinda district, a day after murdering his 48 year old wife.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the incident, which was reported by Godfrey Banda of Kwinjiri village in Chief Kawaza’s area.
He says that Mathias Phiri was found hanging from a tree in a field in Kamushapu village after murdering his wife Matale Mwale of the same abode.
Mr. Chilufya says that the incident occurred on Tuesday at unknown time but between 24hours and 07hours.
He says that Police visited the scene and found the body of the deceased still hanging on a tree.
The police commissioner says that the body was inspected and found with a rope on the neck but with no physical injuries.
He says that police advised the relatives to bury and mark the grave.
Preparations for this year’s Kutila Nsembe traditional ceremony of the Nsenga people in Petauke district, slated for this Saturday have reached an advanced stage.
The ceremony, whose main aim is to pay homage to the ancestral spirits, is held in Mwanjawanthu Chiefdom.
Chieftainess Mwanjawanthu’s Royal Establishment family spokesperson Ananias Chirwa says all is set for the ceremony which will be held this weekend.
Mr. Chirwa told Breeze News that among the notable people who have already confirmed to be in attendance, include Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo, Chief Magodi of the Ngoni people and former Chief Justice Ernest Sakala.
He says the ceremony is important because it unifies the Nsengas and other people from different ethnic groups.