Nsanje traditional leaders have intensified their effort in ensuring that children stay in school as dropout rate among girls remains a concern in the district.
According to Acting Traditional Authority Chimombo, most of the children especially girls still not completing their education for unknown reasons.
He said his area is one of the worst as regards incidences of girls dropping of school before completing secondary education.
The Chief claimed that currently only three girls possess a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) in his area a situation which has forced him to employ by-laws, in an effort to reverse the trend.
He revealed that he got two girls from Traditional Authority Ndamera and Makoko to fill the gap of nursing course.
Chimombo expressed hope that the stance taken of punishing guardians whose children drop out of school will help to improve the situation.
He said those flouting the by-laws are paying money amounting to K5, 000 as well as two goats as a penalty for their failure to encourage their children to go school.
Chimombo has since appealed to concerned stakeholders to support efforts in promoting girl child education in the lower shire district.