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The final matric exams can be an extremely challenging and stressful time for Grade 12 learners in South Africa. Not only is the culmination of twelve years of schooling, but the results they achieve will influence their future academic plans.

 


During the first six months of 2022, the health department delivered 39,863 babies to teenage mothers between 15 and 19 years old. This means that on average, 221 babies were born to teenage mothers every day for the first half of the year. 


In 2021 the Health Department reported 132 000 deliveries by young girls between ages of 10 and 19. Pregnancy amongst school learners often leads to many teenage girls not completing matric.

 


Of every three learners who fall pregnant, only two will return to school. Here’s how the Department of Basic Education (DBE) plans to deal with this crisis. 


The Department of Basic Education (DBE) will launch a policy relating to the prevention and management of learner pregnancy in school. 


A new law around reporting pregnancy of girls under the age of 16-years-old is not enough if no action is taken against the perpetrators.


New laws have been introduced which would require schools to report pregnancies to the police in girls under the age of 16-years-old and the suspected father is older.


Over a period of 12 months, 23 226 teenage pregnancies were reported in Gauteng. The report also revealed that girls between the ages of 10 and 14 gave birth to 934 babies. 


Teenage pregnancy rates are on a constant rise, this has sparked conversations among children's rights experts and parents. Some children's rights experts even question whether the laws that are meant to be protecting children are being implemented. 


Teenage pregnancy can cause a disruption in the lives of many girls and could lead to them not completing school. Between April 2020 and March 2021, 23 226 teenage pregnancies were reported in Gauteng. The report also revealed that girls between the ages of 10 and 14 gave birth to 934 babies.Between April 2020 and March 2021, 23 226 teenage pregnancies were reported in Gauteng. The report also revealed that girls between the ages of 10 and 14 gave birth to 934 babies.


A recent report found that 23 226 teenage pregnancies were reported in Gauteng between April 2020 and March 2021. Even more concerning, girls between the ages of 10 and 14 gave birth to 934 babies during this period. This has raised concern among various roleplayers in South Africa

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