The country’s education minister announced that Tanzania’s government has reversed the controversial decision imposed by the country’s late President John Magufuli Pombe, which barred pregnant teenage girls from returning to school after giving birth.
On Wednesday, Joyce Ndalichako, the country’s Education Minister, announced that the new President Hassan Samia Suluhu has reconsidered giving equal opportunity to pregnant teenage girls to be educated after putting to birth, dismissing a law that has been heavily criticized.
Supporters of the 2017 law that barred pregnant teenage girls from returning to school, say the law was meant to reduce the level of sexual promiscuity in schools and push many female students to stay focused in school.
Magufuli instituted the policy because the state was providing free education to girls. To ensure that they were focused, he Instituted a law that barred them from continuing school after getting pregnant.
“I give money for a student to study for free. And then, she gets pregnant, gives birth, and after that, returns to school. No, not under my mandate,” he said in late 2017.
His critics had said the law was biased as only the girls were expelled while the boys or men who got them pregnant were allowed in school.
Talking to reporters, Joyce Ndalichako said, “pregnant school girls will be allowed to continue with formal education after delivery. I will issue a circular later today. No time to wait,” she said.
The World Bank has reacted following the new policy “this important decision underscores the country’s commitment to support girls and young women and improve their chances at receiving a better education,” World Bank reacted following the lifting of the ban.