Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen has urged school proprietors in Nigeria to stop embarrassing or expelling girl-child from school for being pregnant out of rape, as the action will no longer be tolerated.
She who gave the charge at the press briefing in Abuja, to mark the International Day of the Girl-Child, stressed that education is a fundamental right of every child, boy or girl as articulated in the National Policy on Education.
The Minister however emphasised that progress in girls enrolment, retaining and completion of training will have to be twice as rapid as it is now, if Nigeria is to attain the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 for inclusive and equitable quality education.
Pauline called on all school administrators of both public and private schools to desist from the old practice of expelling a girl-child from school, because she was raped and subsequently became pregnant.
She also noted that that for the girl-child in Nigeria not to be left behind in the digital revolution even with the continued scourge of COVID-19 pandemic, there is the need for a change in scientific orientation, which must be able to continually adapt to changes in knowledge, technology and addressing societal challenges