Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu allows teen mothers back in class
Teen mothers in Tanzania who had been stopped from returning to classes have been allowed back to school, in a big policy shift by President Samia Suluhu’s administration.
The change in policy comes four years after latepresident John Magufuli decreed thatpregnantschoolgirls be expelled and teen mothers be blocked from returning to school,a move that drew widespread criticism both locally and internationally.
“As long as I am president no pregnant student will be allowed to return to school,” he said then.
Tanzania’s Education MinisterJoyce Ndalichako said that the government will now allow the young mothersback to school.
“Primary and secondary school students once stopped from goingschool due topregnancy will be given an opportunity to return to school in the formal system,”Prof Ndalichako told journalists in Dodoma on Wednesday.
The governmentannounced that the new policy will also apply to students once stopped from classes due totruancy and family problems.
In addition,students who failedtheir examinations will have the opportunity to repeat the exams. Those who sit for the exams a second time and pass them will have the chance of beingselected togovernment schools, Prof Ndalichako said.