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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Tanzania

In January 2018, Tanzania shocked the world when it ordered the arrest of pregnant schoolgirls and their parents “to end the growing teenage pregnancies in the country, prevent other girls from engaging in sexual activities and get the girls to testify against the culprits who are on the run.”

This was effected after president John Magufuli upheld a controversial 2002 law that banned pregnant schoolgirls from returning to school after giving birth. He also added that men who impregnate schoolgirls should be imprisoned for 30 years. He was equally criticized by rights bodies.

As a result of its policy to ban pregnant girls from school, Tanzania lost out on a $300 million educational loan, funding meant to help the country in improving the status of education in secondary schools.

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