Hashtah #StopMagufuli hashtag has been trending for many days in Tanzania because the President of Tanzania believes that pregnant girls should be banned from school. Speaking at a rally last week, President John Magufulli said, “Until the time I am the President, any pregnant girl will not be allowed to return to school. Understand that after you become pregnant, you are over. ‘ The President said that after being a child, girls’ attention is not into studies and their presence will have a bad effect on the rest of the schoolgirls. While making fun of the women who became pregnant during school studies, he said, “After solving some of the problems of mathematics, such girls will ask the class teacher if they can go to feed their child.”According to a news of ‘The Guardian’, this statement of the president is being criticized a lot. Human rights organizations have described this decision of Magufuli as unconstitutional. A law made in the 1960s had banned schooling you young girls after becoming a mother. According to a report of the Center for Reproductive Rights in 2013, more than 55,000 pregnant girls have been taken out of school in the last decade. Women’s organizations say that this law does not match the thinking of the people of Tanzania. Also, this law is being told against international human rights rules.In 2015, the ruling party had promised in its election manifesto that they would give pregnant girls an opportunity to continue their studies even after the birth of the child. Human rights activists have struggled against this law. Faiza Jamaa Mohammad, director of the Equality New Africa Office, said, “We have to ensure that girls go to school and complete their studies. This is their right. If we have to challenge the government decision in court, we will not hesitate to do so. “After the President’s statement, #StopMagufuli hashtag has been trending for many days in Tanzania. An online petition has also been filed to oppose this restriction. So far 2,500 people have signed this. According to statistics, in Tanzania about 21 percent of girls aged 15 to 19 years gave birth to their baby. Human rights activists say that a large number of girls become pregnant by being victim of rape, sexual violence and forced physical relations. They argue that poverty and illiteracy will increase even more when the studies are discontinued. Workers say that instead of banning the pregnant girls, the government should prepare a strategy to deal with the problem of being pregnant in the raw age.
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