School administrator wants police to crack down on pregnant schoolgirls
An official in Tanzania has caused outrage after he called on police to crack down on pregnant schoolgirls.
Richard Kwitega, Regional Administrative Secretary for Arusha, told The Citizen that authorities were not doing enough to curb rising pregnancy rates among scholars.
"Despite reporting the matter to the police, no legal action is taken against a majority of the students," he said.
He added that in his district alone, around 333 schoolgirls fell pregnant between 2016 and 2017. He said that around 81 of those were still in primary school.
Kwitega at no point suggested improving education as a way to improve the situation.
He echoed government views that the girls had broken the morality code and needed to be punished.
In 2002, Tanzania passed a law that allowed schools to expel girls who fell pregnant on the grounds that they had committed "offences against morality" and "wedlock", BBC reports.
President John Magufuli repeated government's stance, last year saying that teenage mothers should not be allowed to return to school.
However, men who are found guilty of getting the girls pregnant face a possible 30-year prison sentence.
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