Traditional Authority Mwanza of Salima District has threatened to dethrone village heads who tolerate parents and guardians that do not send their children to school.
She said it was worrisome to note that some traditional leaders, who are supposed to promote education, were turning a blind eye to the vice.
“As leaders, we are supposed to work with government to ensure that our children go to school.
“I, therefore, warn village heads that tolerate parents who do not send their children to school that I will dethrone them,” said Mwanza.
The traditional leader further said children’s right to education should be promoted at all cost as the district needs educated leaders to develop.
Chief Mwanza has since established a school fund to support needy students.
“The fund will cater for uniforms and writing materials,” she said.
Village heads under her area, together with their subjects, contribute K500 monthly towards the fund.
She also advised her subjects to make use of the back-to-school policy to ensure teen mothers continue with their education.
Meanwhile, Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education executive director Lucky Mbewe, whose organisation is implementing a youth empowerment project in T/A Mwanza, has said they will continue to lobby for commitment among stakeholders to ensure that girls’ education receives adequate support in the district.
Besides Mwanza, chiefs Kachindamoto of Dedza and Ganya of Ntcheu also support initiatives that support girls’ education.