The practice of expelling pregnant schoolgirls while the boys responsible for the pregnancy are left to continue their education, has been condemned by wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi.
The first lady of Ekiti State during a meeting in Ado-Ekiti with wives of Coordinating Directors and Community Development Officers of the 16 Local Government Councils in the state, expressed her disagreement with the practice. She described it as “discriminatory.”
According to Mrs Fayemi, expelling a pregnant schoolgirls is wrong as all girls have the right to education, regardless of their pregnancy, marital or motherhood status.
She went on to say that pregnant girls face all kinds of punishments, including discriminating practices that deny them their right to education.
Fayemi expressed readiness of the state government to implement relevant laws, including the Child Rights Act, Gender Equality and other laws, to protect the interest of children.
Further revealing that sensitization campaign would hold in the state in August to increase awareness of the people on the importance of protecting the rights of children, particularly the girl-child.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Moji Fafure, solicited the support of women in the state for the Fayemi-led administration to fully achieve its goals for women and children.