Call for rehabilitation of students expelled for substance abuse

By Gwen Mugauri |  10 months ago | local

Health experts have called for immediate professional support and rehabilitation of eight upper-six Dominican Convent High school students who were expelled by their school authorities on allegations of drug and substance abuse during an academic leadership camp in Nyanga recently. International Wellness Centre and Addiction counsellor Dr Nkululeko Dewa and Community Working Group on Health executive director Itayi Rusike spoke to Zimpapers radio news.

Meanwhile, Youth Against Alcoholism and Drugs Dependency executive director Tunga Zimondi encouraged parents of the expelled students to approach the matter with a civil attitude.

In a letter addressed to parents dated 26 January 2023, Head of Upper School at Dominican Convent Sister Kudzai Mutsure confirmed that eight girls who had been on suspension, pending investigation had been expelled after being found guilty by the disciplinary committee of violating the schools drug policy.

According to Zimbabwe’s final situation assessment on drug use, there has been an increase in drug and substance abuse in women and girls in Zimbabwe.