TANZANIAN MPS PUSH FOR SET TIMEFRAME FOR ALLOWING PREGNANT SCOOLGIRLS TO RESUME CLASSES

DODOMA, Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Services and Community Development have complained about the slow pace at which the Tanzanian government is working to enact a law enforcing new developments which enable pregnant schoolgirls to return to school after delivery of their babies.

During a session of the committee at Parliament in the Tanzanian capital here last week, MP Hussein Bashe (Nzega Urban-CCM) said the committee was aware that the education ministry was working on a new circular to re-admit the girls back to school but lamented that no decision had yet been been made.

The committee advises that the government should make an official announcement on the commencement of the execution of the circular so as to allow them back to school. That way, the country will achieve a great milestone in educating our girls, said Bashe.

The committee noted that by re-admiting the girls back into the education system the country would be ending the vicious cycle of poverty of having uneducated mothers who could not properly steer their families.

Shadow Minister for Education, Science and Technology Susan Lyimo said when presenting her alternative budget speech that according to a 2016 Human Rights Watch report, about 8,000 students in Tanzania were dropping out of school because of pregnancy.

She noted that some neighbouring countries such as Zambia, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia were giving girls a second chance to education after delivering babies. Even in the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, Zanzibar, the re-entry system is allowed.

In February, this year, the Deputy Minister for Education, Stella Manyanya, assured the Parliament that the re-entry circular would be ready by March," she added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK