The First Lady of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, has frowned at the practice of expelling pregnant schoolgirls while allowing boys that impregnated them to continue their education.
Speaking at a meeting held on Thursday July 11th 2019 in Ado-Ekiti, with the wives of Coordinating Directors And Community Development Officers, she formally described the measure as “Discriminatory“.
According to her, all girls had right to education irrespective of their pregnancy, marital or motherhood status. Pregnant girls face all kinds of punishments, including discriminating practices that deny them their right to education as school authorities only focus on expelling pregnant schoolgirls while they allow the boys responsible for the pregnancy to remain in school.
The first Lady further stress that it is discriminatory to expel pregnant schoolgirls from school while allowing the boys who impregnated them to continue their education, pregnant girls face various forms of punishments, including discriminatory practices that deny them their right to education etc. She went on to reveal that the state government is ready to implement relevant laws, including the Child Rights Act, Gender Equality and other laws to protect the interest of children.
The sensitizattion campaign to increase awareness on the importance of protecting the rights of children, especially the girl child, will hold next month in Ekiti state , she added.