The Social Sciences

Year: 2010
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Page No. 10 - 15

Rural Girls’ Educational Challenges in Tanzania: A Case Study of Matrilineal Society

Authors : Gervas Machimu and Josephine Joseph Minde

Abstract: This study investigated Rural Girls’ Educational Challenges in Tanzania particularly the matrilineal society (Luguru) where women hold very influential positions in terms of property rights influencing their daily lives. Therefore, the study examined the influence matrilineal system in girls’ education. Data were collected using a checklist and questionnaires supported by personal observation and formal discussion with key informants. The study was based in four schools randomly selected out of 13 secondary schools in the study area by 2006. It involved 116 respondents (80 students, 32 teachers and four school administrators). Surprisingly, findings shows that although, the number of rural girls who are enrolled in secondary schools is increasing in the study area the risk of them to drop out asserted to be high than boys. Pregnancy, early marriage and truancy noted to be the contributing factors. Again girls were mostly engaged in domestic chores thus eroding their study time. In addition, hostels, distance and transport status were other prominent educational challenges facing both rural girls and boys as well. The study provides also analytical findings on the influence of women in Luguru society (matrilineal system) in educating female students since women in this society have strong authority in terms of inheritance compared to those in patrilineal system.

How to cite this article:

Gervas Machimu and Josephine Joseph Minde, 2010. Rural Girls’ Educational Challenges in Tanzania: A Case Study of Matrilineal Society. The Social Sciences, 5: 10-15.

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