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The president of Tanzania, John Magufuli has banned pregnant teenage girls from returning to school, either they eventually become mothers or not. 

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Magufuli disclosed this while addressing residents of Chalinze, Bagamoyo District in Dar es Salaam during his three-day-tour of Coast Region on Thursday. 

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According to him, the government funds set aside for education are meant for serious students, and not for pregnant girls. 

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He noted that the young mothers would be unable to focus while in class, adding that allowing them in class would encourage other girls to engage in sex. 

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“After calculating some few mathematics she’d be asking the teacher in the classroom ‘let me go out and breastfeed my crying baby”, BBC quoted the president as saying.

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He said only girls at the university level are allowed to get pregnant without any penalties attached.

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