Due to the amendment to the country’s education law that came into force for this purpose, pregnant girls and young people can no longer be excluded from Zimbabwean public schools, as has been the case in the vast majority of cases so far. Week.
The change in the law, which also stipulates that teachers cannot punish their students with a stick, was approved by parliament, approved by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and, according to the media, went into effect last Saturday. local.
According to the new amendment, “no student should be excluded from school for non-payment of fees or pregnancy.” Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world, which in many cases translates into early school drop-outs for girls who went to school, sometimes forced by the authorities and the schools themselves.
With this move, Zimbabwe is emulating Sierra Leone, which in March last year also banned pregnant students from continuing their studies.