Cameroonian minister warns against expelling pregnant girls from school

CGTN | Cameroon’s Minister of Secondary Education, Pauline Nalova Lyonga said on Tuesday she was appalled by the news of the dismissal of girls who get pregnant in school and warned that the practice must not continue.

“This practice is against the government policy of keeping all students in school without discrimination. It is also contrary to the government’s policy of promoting gender equality and preventing the dismissal of vulnerable students. It has caused girls to drop out of school,” Lyonga said in a statement on Tuesday.

School officials need to allow confirmed pregnant students to continue with school activities until the 26th week of pregnancy after which she may request to be placed on maternity leave. School officials should also authorize pregnant students to return to school after giving birth, she added.

It is estimated that around half of girls in Cameroon drop out of school because of pregnancy and childbirth.

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  1. The minister making vague statements is a wrong approach that won’t solve such an evidently acute national problem (50% pregnancy among school girls). A minister is but a member of the executive branch and NOT the lawmaking branch of the government. As an executive, he/she seeks/suggests the creation of newer laws or the reinforcement/revision and/or the weakening/removal of existing ones via the National Assembly. These kinds of misunderstandings of proper protocolar procedures and rights are at the root of bad governance in Cameroon, a country that’s wrongly led by executive (mostly presidential) decrees!