A recent policy by the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) through the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) has authorized pregnant girls to attend school.
A release from the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) stated that government has overturned the previous decision of the past government on preventing pregnant school girls from attending school and replaced by two (2) new policies of ‘Radical Inclusion’ and ‘Comprehensive Safety’ of all children in the education system.
That the new policy is in line with pronouncement as was made by President Bio on the 13th of December 2019.
‘’We have a moral and constitutional duty to protect the girl child and to change her outcomes. My government is focused on and committed to inclusive national development meaning the radical inclusion of every citizen regardless of their gender, ethnicity, ability and socioeconomic or other circumstances,” stated President Bio.
That the ban is overturned with immediate effect adding that the decision was taken by Cabinet during its sitting on the 18th of March this year, citing that the move resonates with the government’s commitment to accessible and quality education.
That pregnant girls’ school attendance has become a divisive issue across legislative, educational and civil society spaces for the last ten (10) years since the ban came into effect.
The move made by the government through the Ministry of grant access to pregnant school girls to attend school was kicked against by the former SLPP Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), Alpha Osman Timbo.
The move was totally condemned by the past administration of former President Ernest Bai Koroma and other well-meaning Sierra Leoneans.
A major concern that has been expressed by many people is that the move is not only adverse on school girls who are not pregnant but has created room for them get involved knowing that they will not be sent out of school as a form of punishment.

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