DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Authorities in Tanzania on Saturday
suspended four teachers over claims of impregnating and marrying
school girls in the northwest region of Geita.
Mwita Waitara, the
Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible
for regional administration and local government, ordered the
arrest and prosecution of the four teachers.
directed the Nyang’hwale District Executive Director, Mariam
Chaurembo, to investigate the conduct of head teachers,
education coordinators and executive officers.
He blamed the head
teachers, education coordinators and executive officers for
failure to report cases of pregnant schoolgirls and taking
action on absenteeism.
Addressing a meeting
of village leaders, Waitara blamed education authorities for
tarnishing the image of Geita region.
According to him,
statistics showed that 161 schoolgirls were impregnated in 2016
with 72 others impregnated in 2018.
Waitara said the
impregnated girls, parents and guardians should also be detained
until they named the men responsible for the pregnancies.
“Reports say that
there is difficulty in filing cases because girls are reluctant
to name the men responsible for their pregnancies,” said Waitara.