Teachers marrying former students

MUTARE - Young male teachers are in the habit of choosing potential future wives among their students who they follow up after they complete school.

Jennifer Mandoga, a Family Aids Caring Trust (Fact) district officer said young teachers had found a way not to breach their professional codes by marking out their potential life partners and making their moves as soon as they write their final examinations.

“Quite a number of young teachers I know ended up marrying their former students. There is a thin line, but it is not always that these young men would be intending to abuse these young girls.

“These teachers allow the students to go through their school and then follow them once they are done with examinations. As long as it is in school, it is an improper association,” added Mandoga, who is a former school teacher.

Speaking on the side lines of a Sustainable Environmental Conservation Trust (Sect) tree planting and HIV and Aids awareness event at Mutare Teacher’s College recently Mandoga implored teachers to leave female students alone.

“It is socially accepted that men marry women that are younger than them, so naturally these young male teachers target young female students. This has however created problems for young male teachers once they are deployed into schools,” said Mandoga.

Mutare Teachers’ College vice Principle Hativadi Madzamba said indeed male students had this unique challenge to overcome.

“We have had only one case of improper association between our male student and a pupil in the past two years but back in around 2003, there were many such cases. We however have never had one involving our female students and male pupils.

“We have not done a proper research to establish the real causes of the decline but it has really gone down, so we are claiming it as a victory,” Madzamba added.

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JONSO - 7 July 2014

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