Tanzania lifts ban on pregnant students going to school

Pregnant student

The law barring pregnant girls from attending regular school in Tanzania was originally passed in 2002.

Photo credit: Courtesy | The Citizen

What you need to know:

  • The law, which was originally passed in 2002, was reinforced by late President John Magufuli in 2017.
  • Schoolgirls were often subjected to mandatory pregnancy tests and run the risk of being arrested if pregnant.  

The Tanzania government has lifted a ban on pregnant students and adolescent mothers from attending school, Education Minister Prof Joyce Ndalichako has told reporters.

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