Unjust dismissal

Sierra Leone’s 5,000 expelled pregnant girls return to school after Ebola crisis

People stand on January 19, 2015 outside the Safia in Conakry as students head back to school after nearly four months of school recess due to the Ebola outbreak. (CELLOU BINANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Girls who were expelled from school for getting pregnant during the Ebola crisis that rocked some nations in Africa have returned to the classroom after nearly a year. According to AFP, after schools reopened in April of last year, a group of 5,000 girls from different schools were expelled after invasive pregnancy assessments determined if the girls were set to or had recently given birth. One secondary school student told AFP, “My breasts were lumped together to find out whether they contained milky substances before I was allowed to continue my tuition,” according to IOL.

Those who were found to be pregnant had the option of attending alternative classes by the Irish and British governments, but many girls missed university or secondary school exams. Last year, authorities said they were dismissed from the schools “to avoid other girls from following the example of becoming pregnant,” which “runs alien to the country’s cultural values.” No word on the consequences for the men who impregnated the girls, of course.

Read the full story at IOL.

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