Education Minister Michael Kaingu has banned suggestive cultural dances in schools.
Dr. Kaingu said cultural suggestive dances have been identified as one of the factors that leds to early marriages.
“As a nation we are concerned about early marriages so if we can spot areas that act as catalysts for early marriages such as these suggestive dances, we should try and stop them,” he said.
Dr. Kaingu said this in Livingstone today in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the Third Human Resource Summit of the Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management at Zambezi Sun Hotel.
He described early marriages as a scourge that was as serious as HIV and AIDS and if left unchecked, would be detrimental to the development of children in the country.
Dr Kaingu directed Livingstone District Education Board Secretary Zeneliah Chola to ensure his directive was adhered to at local level.
Meanwhile, the Education Minister urged Managements at public institutions of higher learning to put measures in place that will enable them become self-sustainable.
Dr Kaingu said the trend by public institutions of higher learning to push their financial burdens on government would no longer be acceptable as government was not able to resolve their problems.
He advised local public institutions of higher learning to emulate their counter parts in the region by reducing dependency on government and running their institutions in an efficient manner.