Policy Brief:Pregnant Girl Child Education Support and Strategies for Continuation of Education For Adolescent Mothers
Education Coalition of Zimbabwe
World Vision Zimbabwe
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In 2020, Zimbabwe adopted the Education Amendment Act, which amends the Education Act to prohibit exclusion based on non-payment of fees and pregnancy, and prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy regarding admission, suspension, exclusion, and expulsion. "No pupil shall be excluded from school for non-payment of school fees or on the basis of pregnancy," the amendments read. The amendment came as a progressive development given that Zimbabwe remains one of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with the highest teenage fertility rate in sub-, putting thousands of girls at risk of falling behind. At Independence in 1980, the government embarked on a programme of educational reconstruction and expansion to make access to education a reality for all Zimbabwean children. Equality of educational opportunity for all was a stated aim of the government, and education was perceived not only as a human right but also as an essential means by which deponents and the redress of social inequalities inherited from the colonial period could be attained.