BUKOBA, TANZANIA-- The District Commissioner of the northwestern Tanzanian district of Muleba has hit out at parents who who collude in marrying off their daughters who are still in school, warning that stern measures will be taken, including prosecuting them in court.
Following reports which indicate that at least 25 girls who were attending secondary schools in the district who became pregnant within a period of one month, Ruyango has appealed to residents in the district to take a holistic approach in eliminating child marriages and high school dropout rates.
People must collectively fight against outdated laws, customs and practices that conspire to keep millions of women in society's backyard and impinge on most of their Constitutionally guaranteed rights while they also contend with various other forms of discrimination, he said.
At least 229 girls in Kagera Region (Province) in which Muleba District is located, have dropped out of school because of pregnancies between 2014 and this year, the Kagera Regional Education Development Officer, Aloys Kamamba, disclosed.
Of the number, 41 girls were attending primary school while 188 others were in secondary school.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK