Teenage pregnancies are not new to the society. But it has been one of the leading causes of dropouts among girls. With some 25%, of all Tanzanians women under 18 reported to already be mothers.
The problem has worsened, with the fact that young mothers are not allowed to return to school even after giving birth.
Measures taken by the Govt., to reduce the problem have all failed. As a result, many girls mostly from poor families, who finished their primary school education at age 13 or 14, stay at home and become pregnant.
Controlling teenage pregnancy is a very serious challenge. The Govt., needs to do more to enable the 80% rural, low-income families send their children to secondary school. Which is not an easy task for a developing country.