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Tanzanian President Says Teen Mothers will not be Allowed Back in School but Can Learn Sewing or Farming



John Magufuli

Tanzanian President John Magufuli, during a three day tour of the coast region addressed residents of the Bagamoyo where he accused foreign agents of influencing the civil society organisations to urge the government to permit teen mothers to re-enter the education system.

He stated that allowing the teen mothers back to school is encouraging other teens to engage in pre-marital sex.

He also said the man who impregnates these teen girls should be imprisoned for 30 years and put the energy he used to impregnate the girl into farming while in prison, The East African reports.

President John Magufuli said:

There are many things that the girls can do after delivery; they can join VETA (Vocational Education Training Authority centres) and learn sewing and farming.

If we were to allow the girls back to school, one day we would find all girls in Standard One going home to nurse their babies.

After getting pregnant, you are done!

Photo Credite: Twitter – @MagufuliJP


  1. Sam Well

    June 24, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    WOW, a Low point moment 4 this president. Hold this L’ Tanzania as a country. And here is your ticket back to the middle ages.

    • Sam Well

      June 24, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      Instead of saying all this garbage! why not work on making arbotion clinics more wide spread cause that’s clearly the consequence you eluding to. Another highlight on the failure of Patriarchy in Africa.

    • Jade

      June 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Make contraceptives more available and accessible. Instill family planning. People shouldn’t be having ten children when they can barely take care of one. Men should be held responsible to use protection. This is not just to prevent abortion but other stds/sti. Women should take full control of their bodies and hold their men responsible.
      Anyone should be allowed and given the opportunity to go to school at any given time and their own timing. If a teenage mother chooses to go farmwork route or continue school or marry let it be her choice.
      And no, Africa don’t need several abortion clinics around. We need more sex education and family planning.

  2. nunulicious

    June 25, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Good Lord, how did we get here as black people? choi.
    I don;t even know where to start from.

  3. omalicha

    June 25, 2017 at 1:01 am

    And the guys who impregnated the ladies would continue school while living their lives right?… twisted mentality. #unapologetic#

    • Mz A

      June 25, 2017 at 1:12 am

      Did you read were he said they should be jailed and made to do farm work from jail?

  4. Sel

    June 25, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Rubbish! Pardon my french guys.

  5. llastoa

    June 25, 2017 at 1:15 am

    I’m a feminist,happy one,I don’t see why I decide to give birth today and still can’t go back to school or I don’t see why females in Tanzania cannot make mistakes and be given a second chance to pick up her pieces together, mr president I pray you daughter falls into this situation ,then we will see what you will do.#unapologetic #

    • Lliki

      June 25, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Why will his daughter falls into the same situation? I support his decision, enough of teenagers getting pregnant here and there, someone suggested up there that they should make abortions clinic available as if they’re living in the US where human live means nothing to the liberals and abortion supporters.

      Why should a teenager indulged in pre marital sex especially when she’s sent to school to study for her own bright future, why should young men be allowed to devour teenagers! The men involved should be sentenced to prison as the president suggested and the female teenagers should continue with vocational courses, I see nothing wrong in that. Better still, the Americans/Europeans should take them along with them to the US 8r Europe.
      Enough of these people going to other countries to promote immorality and lawlessness. What makes their way of life the norm?

    • Rose

      June 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Ilastoa, you’re a feminist yet wish such malice on an innocent women. What has the president’s daughter got to do with his views? Don’t be wicked. Sight

  6. Mywifeisfiiiiiiiiine

    June 25, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Bastard of a President.

  7. MO

    June 25, 2017 at 2:00 am

    African leaders are as stupid as they can be smh

  8. Susie

    June 25, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Africa’s leaders are her biggest curse mehn! Rather than encouraging the pregnant girl to go far you’re rather killing her dreams & condemning her baby to poverty. Elsewhere teen mothers have risen to become politicians. Jesus’ mom was an unwed pregnant teen. If she had been condemned there would be no Christianity!

  9. Sugabelly

    June 25, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Tomorrow, why is Africa backward?
    It must be some wicked white people doing juju for us. ?

    Black Africans are the cause of ALL our own problems. Especially the men.

    Sha, I guess it’s good to know it’s not only Nigerian men that are failures in critical reasoning.

  10. Billionaire in grace

    June 25, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Dear lord this can’t be true

  11. ben nye

    June 25, 2017 at 6:28 am

    HA! This man was doing so well… Africans are we cursed? So people are denied a good education because YOU? RUBBISH

  12. Lol

    June 25, 2017 at 6:47 am

    This guy needs psychiatric evaluation

  13. I

    June 25, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Lmao, NSG I’m no longer going to Zanzibar. Their president is sick in the head.

  14. Mum

    June 25, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Oh my God! This is so sad.

  15. Chinedu

    June 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I am surprised at the criticism given that Nigeria constantly bashes single mothers or baby mamas. Is it because he wants the baby fathers put in jail? All of a sudden he is barbaric and from the stone ages. I guess punishing the baby fathers is a no go area.

  16. Papermoon

    June 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    What is the wife of this stupid man telling him?The stupidity of some leaders do not cease to amaze me! When did pregnancy become a crime that one had to be punished for being pregnant! Why, do women lose their ability to be intelligent when they get pregnant! Who says people don’t deserve a second chance just because they got pregnant, and who got her pregnant, a gorilla! and what happens to the boy who impregnate the girl! Really. I AM SO ANGRY AT THE BOLD STUPIDITY OF THIS GUY AN EXHAUSTED

  17. Josephine

    June 25, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Let’s all pray we never offend a person with this President’s character. So unforgiving, no grace, so wicked, with reactions that don’t match the offence. I’m so disgusted.

  18. Miss

    June 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    WTH! I’m not even sure where to start. So she’s condemned to a life of poverty because she got pregnant?
    Does this ignoramus know how many teenage mothers have gone on to achieve great things?
    I know an SAN, a professor of medicine etc.
    why deny a girl her right to school because of what she did with her genitals?
    Anyways lemme drink water before I give myself an aneurysm. I’m not even a Tanzanian for crying out loud.

  19. Miss

    June 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Punish the men fine! A jail term is extreme unless it was paedophilia.
    But allow the girl go back to school. Countless studies have shown that children of educated mothers fare better i all aspects.
    WHO should come and see o???
    I’m so pained!!

  20. EO

    June 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I’m absolutely speechless and cannot comprehend the correlation in his highly flawed logic.

  21. Rubynnia

    June 25, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    What a president!

  22. JustBeingHonest

    June 25, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I’m curious, why would a “girl child” who wants a good education for the betterment of her future, engage in premarital sex? Or worse, premarital sex without protection? Not minding the numerous STDs/STIs that abound. You see, no one seems to care that this President has said 30 years in jail for the men/boys who get these girls pregnant, but you all are screaming murder cos he’s said the girls should stop school. There are always consequences for our actions and inaction. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Aisha Buhari, Linda Ikeji and I could go on and on… None of these women got pregnant when they were teenagers and you know why? Focus. I think people should educate teenagers on the need to totally abstain from sex, and if for any reason they want to engage in it, for Pete’s sake they should try using protection to avoid such stories.. The President’s argument is legit, if these girls get back to school what message would they be sending to all the “good girls”? Oh, I know. That it sucks to be one… Giving birth to a child isn’t a mistake, getting pregnant when you’re not supposed to be having sex is.. People need to start taking responsibilities for their actions regardless of gender.

    • Ethio

      June 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      You lost me at “why would a girl child who wants education for her blah blah blah engage in premarital sex” SERIOUSLY?, This crap epistle was to justify stupidity mtcheeeeew

    • Chinedu

      June 26, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      The hypocrisy of it all. You are saying Hillary and Michelle did not get pregnant. Do you know that for a fact. They didn’t have babies as teenagers but that could have been because of abortion or contraception. Allow these girls to move on with their life after a baby….they could have an abortion so that hypocrite will praise them for being chaste when they become successful when they actually were not.

  23. JustBeingHonest

    June 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    @Ethio, The President’s actions aren’t stupid. The stupid ones are the teenage boys and girls who should be focused on their education rather than engage in sexual expeditions. Like I said, we all must be ready to take responsibility for our actions.

    • ant

      June 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      ANd this is why you are a big fool.

  24. curious

    June 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    @ethio only stupid persons like yourself accuse others of being stupid for stating their opinions without providing an alternate logic or view. The person who wrote the epistle didnt insult anybody.
    And let me ask why would a teenage girl who is not old enough to handle the consequences of “sex” engage in it. The same applies to boy. If I had a son who gets a girl pregnant.. He had better go get a job and a house to cater for his family

  25. Kaimu Mkuu

    June 25, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Listen all you so called “westernized” Africans. Do not misquote Magufuli. What Magufuli said was that in government primary and secondary schools (and not private ones), girls would not be allowed to continue school after they get pregnant. They are free to opt for either private schools or vocational training centers after giving birth. After all, pre-university education in Tanzania is free in all government schools. Those who want to offer such schooling for pregnant girls are free to build their own schools and give such an offer. That is what Magufuli said.

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