Kisarawe top in teenage pregnancy, report reveals

18Feb 2019
Amri Lugungulo
The Guardian
Kisarawe top in teenage pregnancy, report reveals

KISARAWE District is reported to be leading in teenage pregnancy, whereby seven out of 21 girls were impregnated in Coast Region in 2017, according to a new report.

This was revealed over the weekend when speaking at a one-day full council meeting held in Kisarawe town following a report on rampant early pregnancy among the schoolgirls hence drop out of school.

According to a report issued by the acting district education officer, John  Malibiche  seven  out  of 21  girls impregnated  in  Coast Region  in 2017 and many  are from  Kisarawe District.

The region has seven districts namely Kisarawe, Kibiti, Rufiji, Mafia, Mkuranga, Kibaha and Bagamoyo.

Debating on the report Mzenga ward councillor, Mohamed Rubondo called on the Kisarawe District Council to have in place the previous system that was used to test pregnancy amongst school girls to control teen pregnancy in the district.

The ward councillor said rampant  teen pregnancy in Kisarawe District, Coast Region,  should not  be tolerated  as it is the cause of  many school girl  dropout   in the district an obstacle to education development   among  the girls.

For his part, District Council chairman, Hamisi Dikupatile urged  the district leaders to  mobilise parents   to monitor the progress of their children.

Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation, Karibu Tanzania Organisation (KTO) has started admitting  girls at  its college free of charge at Sanze area in  the outskirts of Kisarawe town.

The college conduct trainings  on  masonry, cookery, tailoring, carpentry, mechanism, electricity and ordinary secondary school subjects.

KTO’s programme officer, Mia Mjengwa Bergdahl said the college would enrol girls only with primary education and those who dropped out when pursuing secondary education or failed their national examination.