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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 look to educate and support learners on issues related to teenage pregnancy in South Africa. 


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.


The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) is calling for the education department to follow one school calendar for the 2023 and 2024 school years.

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