Dar es Salaam, February 1
At least 9,011 Tanzanian schoolgirls became pregnant between January 2021 and January 2022, officials said at parliament in the Tanzanian capital Dodoma.
Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology O’Malley Kipanga said on Tuesday that out of 9,011 pregnant girls, 1,554 were in primary school and 7,457 were in secondary school.
According to the Xinhua News Agency, Kipanga added that 1,692 high school girls have returned to work after giving birth.
“The government is still conducting assessments to determine the number of primary school girls who have returned to work after giving birth,” he told the House of Commons.
Kipanga was responding to Hawa Muchata, a parliamentarian with a special seat for women, who pressured the government to reveal the number of pregnant female students who were reinstated.
Muchata said he asked the question in 2021 after President Samia Sulfur Hassan lifted a ban on schoolgirls who stopped pursuing their educational dreams after becoming pregnant.