Tanzania has lost a £235m ($300 million) loan from the World Bank after reaffirming its policy of banning pregnant girls from school.

The money, a significant portion of a $500m funding package awarded in 2018, was intended to help the east African nation’s education ministry to improve access to secondary education and was scheduled for approval last month.

However, the Washington-based lender has now decided against presenting the education program to its board amid concerns over human rights violations, an official confirmed.