In Summary
  • Human Rights Watch says about 8,000 girls who drop out of school every year due to pregnancy.
  • The findings are based on data collected from 1,806 respondents across Mainland Tanzania.

President John Magufuli's recent statement on the government’s stand on teenage mothers’ return to school is contrary to what most Tanzanians want, The Citizen has learnt.

According to a Twaweza 2016 report called "Reality check: Citizens views on education in a fee free era", 62 per cent of the citizens prefer that girls be allowed to resume school after giving birth.

Only 21 per cent want girls to be expelled and not allowed back.

The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone survey.

The findings are based on data collected from 1,806 respondents across Mainland Tanzania (Zanzibar is not covered in these results) between August 7 and 14, 2016.

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