Pregnant Students to are to stay in school according to New ruling by African Child Rights Experts. In 2019, the Legal and Human Rights Centre in collaboration with Centre for Reproductive Rights, a Non-Governmental Organisations based in Dar es Salaam filed a suit against the Tanzanian government, accusing them of subjecting school girls to compulsory pregnancy test and expelling them from school, when found pregnant.
Following the legal suit by the NGO’s, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of Children, gave a landmark ruling abrogating the Tanzanian government policy of expelling pregnant and married girls from school.
Anthony Ajayi a Reproductive health researcher said the ruling will compel more African countries to keep pregnant adolescents in school.
The ruling prohibits Tanzanian government from conducting mandatory pregnancy test for school girls, and also outlawed pregnancy out of wedlock as an expulsion offence in schools.
Following the new ruling the country will be investigating cases of detention of pregnant girls, as well as readmitting girls who dropped out of school back without any condition.Follow us on social media