Zimbabwe has seen a significant rise in teenage pregnancies since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the strict 6-month lockdown that followed.AfricaNews quotes the Women’s Affairs ministry as saying that at least 5000 girls have not returned to school, a figure others say is sure to be an underestimate. “We have had quite a number of girls who fell pregnant because of the COVID-19-induced lockdowns a Communications Director in the Primary and Secondary Education Ministry explained, but added that it is not necessarily the end of the road as they can come back to school.However concern remains as prejudice against teen moms in the country is strong.
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