Iringa — The Norwegian government has lauded the initiative by the fifth phase government led by President John Magufuli for walking its rhetoric on free education for primary and secondary schools, believing the move would also go a long way in reducing the number of girls who drop out of school due to early pregnancy.
The Norwegian envoy to Tanzania, Ms Anne-Marie Kaarstad, said this when inaugurating Sollerud Pre-school with a centre for pregnant teenage girls and young mothers at Ilula in Kilolo District, Iringa Region.
Ms Kaarstad said the free education initiative would reduce teenage pregnancy and liberate poor families in the country.
She said the Sollerud Pre-schoolwould provide children with opportunities not only for learning and writing, but also for having self-respect and basic skills for leading their own lives and addressing challenges facing their society.
She said Tanzania investing in educatioin by improving its education system was inevitable if the country was to do away with poverty inflicting on its people