The government of Tanzania has announced that teenaged students who have dropped out of secondary school due to pregnancy will now have the opportunity to return to school.
Back in 2017, the previous president of Tanzania — the late John Magufuli — banned pregnant girls and teenage mothers from attending schools, a decision that forced thousands of girls to drop out. According to the World Bank, around 5,500 girls each year were forced to stop their educations abruptly due to pregnancy.
The country’s new policy will ensure that by January of next year, all of the fifty-four training Folk Development Colleges in Tanzania will offer secondary education to girls who dropped out.
This program is another move by new President Samia Suluhu Hassan, whose aim is to reverse the most controversial policies of the previous president.