Opinions & Features December 13, 2019 at 09:30 am

These heartless African countries stop girls from going to school because of pregnancy

Theodora Aidoo | Staff Writer

Theodora Aidoo December 13, 2019 at 09:30 am

December 13, 2019 at 09:30 am | Opinions & Features

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Sierra Leone

Since April 2015, students who became pregnant during the course of their study in Sierra Leone are not allowed to sit in the same class as their peers because the government sees them as a bad influence, reports Al Jazeera.

The government of Sierra Leone instead put in place alternative schools for these young mothers, where they are taught a reduced version of the mainstream curriculum.

The Ministry argues that had these girls been allowed to stay in the same class with their peers, they would have most probably dropped out of school altogether because of the shame associated with pregnancy.

But the good news is that henceforth, Pregnant schoolgirls in Sierra Leone will no longer be banned from attending class or sitting exams after a regional court ordered the immediate overturn of a “discriminatory” policy that has denied tens of thousands the right to finish their education.

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