Those responsible for the pregnancies — if at school — will get paternity leave. Previously, secondary schools and nurse training institutions expelled anyone who fell pregnant.
Government’s directive means students now get three months leave after which they resume their studies.
The Herald quoted the Harare metropolitan provincial education director Calvin Edwin Mazula.
Mazula said the girls were now entitled to maternity leave according to the Education Ministry’s circular (P35) that deals with disciplinary action against pupils.
“It all depends on who has impregnated the girl.
“If it’s a teacher, we take disciplinary action against him, but if it’s a fellow boy pupil, he also goes on paternity leave,” said Mazula.
He said male students should not get the “unfair advantage” of continuing with their studies while the mothers of their children were sitting at home.
“The boy should also feel the pain of temporarily halting school and this should be deterrent to would-be offenders,” said Mazula.