No Multiplication in Sierra Leone’s Classrooms, as Pregnant Girls Barred from School
Visibly pregnant girls and young mothers will be excluded from completing their education when schools reopen in Sierra Leone later this month, according to a new ruling announced by the Ministry of Education this week.
Dr. Minkailu Bah, Minister of Education, Science and Technology said “[pregnant girls’] presence in the classroom would serve as a negative influence to other innocent girls.”
Human rights groups have slammed the move, which specifies that pregnant girls and young mothers cannot sit the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) – essentially barring them from graduating from high school or continuing on to university.
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