She noted it is disturbing to see education officers just issuing reports of increasing teenage pregnancy among school girls without stating what they are doing to control the problem.
The deputy minister made the remarks here while officiating at the opening of CAMFED Tanzania’s annual general meeting. CAMFED is a non-profit organisation dedicated to eradicating poverty in Africa through the education of females and the empowerment of young women.
“ From now henceforth, any education officer who will continue singing the same song of the number of pregnant school girls without stating their efforts will face serious punitive measures,” she said, adding that one of the duties of the officers is to protect girls.
“ You keep on giving me increasing cases of pregnancy and dropouts among girls as if it helps in anything, let them tell me how many girls they have ‘saved’ which is their duty,” she added.
She also called on other stakeholders to help supplement government efforts in improving provision of education for all children in the country rather than just complaining of what has not been done.
Semakafu praised CAMFED for the good work it is doing to save girl children, saying their work is evident compared to other organisations that claim to be doing advocacy throughout the year without any tangible successes.
She further challenged other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to save girl children in the country to consider working in Lushoto, Ukerewe, Geita, Muleba, Misenyi, Biharamulo, Uyui, Sikonge, Nzega, Tanndahimba and Masasi areas where girls are facing serious problems.
Lydia Willbard, national director, Camfed Tanzania noted that the programme’s success in partner districts has promoted a wider roll-out beyond partner schools in collaboration with the relevant ministries.
“Together with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, we are proving that we can apply our learning and roll it out nationally across impoverished rural communities,” she noted.