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Schoolgirl pregnancies as a most critical and rapidly growing challenge in Tanzania

Volume 10, Issue 1, October 2014, Pages 191–194

 Schoolgirl pregnancies as a most critical and rapidly growing challenge in Tanzania

Sabbath M. Uromi1

1 Assistant Lecturer, Tanzania Public Service College, P.O. Box 329, Tabora, Tanzania

Original language: English

Copyright © 2014 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Girls have high aspirations for their education, despite concerns with poverty, gender-based violence, the consequences of early pregnancy and marriage, and lack of school facilities. Every year more than 8000 girls drop out from the school due to pregnancy. Though many countries agreed to increase opportunities for all children to have access to education in Millennium Development Goals, girls Student's pregnancy is among the rapidly growing social challenges that hinder the realization girl child to education (MoEVT 2008 and BEST 2010). Tanzania is one of the nations which highly experienced adolescents' pregnancy rate in the world affecting their full potential in life. More vulnerable to meet challenges of poverty, Community who are against children pregnancy are the ones who involved in love affairs with students and impregnated them, recent research done by TAMWA groups that leading to involved in love affair with students and impregnated them are government staffs, bus conductors', businessman, tax drivers, and well off people (TAMWA 2010). Recently research done in Iringa municipal shows those 30 students of nine secondary schools and 4 students of three primary schools are impregnated during 2012. Thirteen million children are born to women under the age of 20 years worldwide and more than 90% in developing countries (Wikimedia Foundation, 2010).
The Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region is characterized by high school dropout rates in the world. Teenage pregnancy prevalence is 143 per 1000 girls and resultantly, women are losing battle of equal access to secondary education (James et al, 2000). Therefore there is need to help girls to get their basic needs particularly education so they can participate full to the development of the community that surrounds the (Community Development Gender and Children 2000).

Author Keywords: early pregnancy, mothering students, re-admission policy, gender unbalance in education.

How to Cite this Article

Sabbath M. Uromi, “Schoolgirl pregnancies as a most critical and rapidly growing challenge in Tanzania,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 191–194, October 2014.