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Tanzanian President Magufuli Faces Pressure Over Pregnant Schoolgirls Remark

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It is yet to wait and watch whether Tanzanian President John Magufuli issues apology to hundreds and thousands of schoolgirls and their parents in the country after his statement last week that pregnant girls should be denied education in schools during pregnancies and even after giving birth to the baby.

Dozens of nonprofit organizations have come forward to fight for the democratic rights of the girls believing in the notion that education is for all.

In a joint statement the groups said deny to pregnant girls from attending schools is like punishing them, their children and also to the nation as a whole.

Tanzania has women and girls population of 51 percent and barring them from educational opportunities mean keeping them low profile in terms of economy and social as well.

The statement added, “Educating young girls brings economic and social benefits to the whole country.”

Magufuli mocked the pregnant girls too during his speech a week ago saying, “After calculating some few mathematics she’d be asking the teacher in the classroom ‘Let me go out and breastfeed my crying baby.'”

Data reveals more than 55,000 girls were expelled from school in past one decade due to pregnancy.

A survey also found about 21 percent of school girls aged 15 to 19 had given birth to babies in 2015-16.