By Friday Simbaya, Iringa
POLICE in Iringa Region are searching for man age unknown who is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl and impregnating her.
Iringa Regional Police Commander (RPC) Julius Mjengi said the accused man is at large after founding out that he has impregnated girl who is a pupil at Nyanzwa Primary School in Kilolo District, Iringa Region.
RPC said the girl was identified during school routinely mandatory pregnancy tests and expelled pregnant girls.
RPC Mjengi told the Guardian on Wednesday that the incident happened on 25th November this year at around 11:00 hrs at Ilula Village, Mazombe Division in Kilolo district, Iringa region.
“We are looking for the man who has impregnated a 14-year-old girl who is a pupil at Nywanzwa Primary School in collaboration with village government and teachers to bring the culprit to book,” RPC narrated.
A 2013 Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training Tool Kit continues to recommend conducting periodic pregnancy tests as a way of curbing teenage pregnancies in schools.
Education is the only key to allow young girls make informed decisions about their lives to improve their social economic wellbeing.
Most adolescent girls in rural areas often succumb to sexual violence and unwanted pregnancies due to a lack of proper sexual reproductive health (SRH) information.
While Tanzania has made huge progress in enrolling children in primary schools, few girls in rural areas manage to finish their education due to pregnancy.
Tanzanian schools also routinely conduct mandatory pregnancy tests and expel pregnant girls.
There are several girls who were expelled from school because they were pregnant.
Others said they stopped attending school after finding out they were pregnant because they feared expulsion.