Only 31% of Girls Enroll at Universities

Ummy Mwalimu – Deputy Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children

Private schools in the country have been urged to facilitate female students to reach higher learning institutions but as for now, only 31%  of women are enrolled in universities according to statistics conducted in various universities.

The low figure was revealed earlier in the week by the Deputy Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, Ummy Mwalimu who was guest of honour during Baobab Girl’s Secondary School 6th graduation ceremony held in Bagamoyo municipality in Coast Region.

Mwalimu commended Baobab Girls Secondary School for their initiative to construct a university specific for nurturing and empowering women in the country.

“We praise Baobab for realising girl’s contributions towards national development by starting a girl’s secondary school and its intention to establish a university solely for women,” said Mwalimu.

She however reassured the country saying the government has put strategic plans to ensure by 2015 the ration of female students is reached 50/ 50 with male students.
Mwalimu cautioned that in order for the government to achieve its plans, parents have to abandon negative perceptions that girls don’t deserve to go to school.

Earlier, Baobab secondary school chairman, Shaban Bakari, said that the plans to construct the university are in the pipeline and that by 2020 will have commenced.

Baobab Secondary School Head-teacher, Venance Hongoa, said that about 131 form four leavers are expected to sit for their Form four national examinations next month and he is optimistic that all students would pass.

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