Tanzanian teenage mothers who were prevented from returning to school were allowed back to school in a major political shift in President Samia Suluhu’s government.
The policy change comes four Years after the late President John Magufuli decreed that pregnant school girls should be excluded and teenage mothers prevented from returning to school, a move that met with widespread criticism both locally and internationally.
“As long as I did I am president, no pregnant student is allowed to return to school, “he said.
Tanzania’s Education Minister Joyce Ndalichako said the government will now allow young mothers to go to school again.
” Elementary and secondary school students dropped out of school due to pregnancy and were given the opportunity to return to school in the formal system, “Prof. Ndalichako told journalists on Wednesday in Dodoma.
The government announced that the new policy will also apply to students who have been canceled from school due to school refusal and family problems.
Also, students who have their Failed exams, the opportunity to retake the exams. Those who take the exams a second time and pass them have the chance to be selected in state schools, said Prof. Ndalichako.