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Tanzania lifts ban on teen mothers attending schools

Tanzania announced that it would allow pregnant teenagers to complete their studies, overturning a widely criticized regulation implemented by the country’s late leader, John Magufuli.

In 2017, the East African country began prohibiting pregnant girls from attending public schools and from returning to school after giving birth, in a crackdown condemned by human rights activists.

“I give money for a student to study for free. And then, she gets pregnant, gives birth and after that, returns to school. No, not under my mandate,” he said in mid-2017.

Following Magufuli’s death earlier this year, his successor, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has attempted to reverse some of his policies, and on Wednesday, Education Minister Joyce Ndalichako stated that “pregnant school girls will be allowed to continue with formal education following delivery.”

Later today, I’ll send out a circular. There is no time to waste, “She made the remarks during a ceremony in the capital, Dodoma.

The World Bank, which had frozen a $300 million loan for girls’ education in protest at the ban, applauded the move in a statement on Wednesday.