They are attributing this to a programme known as Keeping Girls In School (KGIS) which is being implemented by Save the Children.
Through its cash transfer and other components, the KGIS campaign is said to have helped a lot in keeping girls in school so they can achieve their goals.
According to the Deputy District Education Manager, Popa Mkandawire, his office is working hand in hand with traditional leaders and other nongovernmental organistions that are fighting for the rights of the girl child.
Mkandawire commended Principal Group Village Headwoman Mponela for adopting skills that she learned from T/A Kachindamoto in Dedza district.
Mponela is currently in the right direction towards ending child marriages.
Beside the change, Mkandawire told Capital FM that there are some challenges they face in trying to return them in school due to poverty.
Some parents in the community consider their daughters to be their source of wealth by marrying them off to well to do men.
In her remarks, Principal Group Village Headwoman Mponela said that unlike in the past, a change has been made and there has been a decline in early marriages.
Child protection officer at Karonga police under the Victim Support Unit, Steve Bandewande said marrying an under 16 year old girl remains a crime therefore police will continue to enforce the law.
Save the Children’s KGIS programme aims at increasing the number of girls that complete primary school, particularly through retention of girls in Standard 7 and 8, by mitigating financial barriers to girls’ education and increasing the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of the main decision-makers for continued school participation.
To achieve its goal the programme has put in place functional cash transfer system that mitigates the financial barrier to girls’ education and encourages parents and care takers to keep girls in school.
The cash transfer component targets girls in Standard 7 and 8 who are given MK 8,000 worth of money in each school term through Airtel’s mobile money as a way of mitigating financial barriers to girls’ education.
Apart from Karonga, the programme is also active in Mzimba South, Lilongwe rural and Mchinji just to mention a few.