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Tanzania Govt. says young mothers free to restart school
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Tue, 22 Jun 2021   ||   Nigeria,

Tuesday- 22nd June, 2021: Tanzania has announced that school-age mothers can be enrolled back into education from next year, reversing a 2002 measure that allowed for the expulsion of pregnant schoolgirls.

In 2017, Tanzania's former President John Magufuli was condemned for comments that girls who give birth should not be able to return to school.

In 2018, the World Bank withdrew a $500m (£359m) loan to Tanzania meant for education because of the policy, which women’s groups and educationalists said breaks international human rights conventions.

It also broke a promise set out in the ruling party's 2015 election manifesto, which pledged to allow pregnant schoolgirls to continue their studies.

Tanzania's education ministry has now agreed, after consultations with the World Bank, to allow teenage mothers to attend classes at what are called Folk Development Colleges across the country.


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