Call to re­verse ban on preg­nant girls at school

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

A COALI­TION of 25 Tan­za­nian civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions have called on Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli to change his po­si­tion that preg­nant school­girls not be al­lowed to re­turn to school to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion.

Last week, Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli told a rally that, in ac­cor­dance with Tan­za­nian law, mothers do not be­long in school. “Af­ter get­ting preg­nant, you are done,” he said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions said that preg­nant school­girls were nei­ther im­moral nor crim­i­nal and that, in fact, it was the fa­ther of the chil­dren who needed to be pun­ished.

“Young girls face more chal­lenges in ac­cess­ing ed­u­ca­tion than young boys, even with­out the ques­tion of ex­pul­sion for preg­nancy,” they said.

“Most of these young girls have al­ready suf­fered.”

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