Because of the rising number of teenage pregnancies, the department has decided to take a more comprehensive approach, as revealed by an official announcement on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. In the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, which prompted a total school lockdown, the Basic Education Department reports that teen pregnancies are on the rise.
TEEN PREGNANCY IS LINKED TO SCHOOL DROPOUT
According to educational authorities, females do not become pregnant and then drop out of school; instead, they drop out and then become pregnant. And to make matters worse, nearly a third of pregnant teenage females never return to their previous educational program.
They, on the other hand, raise the possibility of having numerous children. Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, chair of the committee, said, "We need a holistic strategy." In particular for teenage females, school closures and containment measures led to a loss of education and social safety.
As a result, the number of underage pregnancies, sharing of bed exploitation, sharing of bed assault, and forced marriages has increased significantly in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a government statement posted online. the number of teen pregnancies in the northern cape is highest.
"The committee learned that 30% of South African adolescent females become pregnant, with over 60% of those births being unplanned."
The Northern Cape had the greatest percentage of adolescent pregnancies(19.3%) between April 2020 and March2021, followed by the Eastern Cape(17.1%), KwaZulu-Natal(16.5%), and Mpumalanga(15.5%) in the statistics of deliveries in a medical institution.
Gauteng had the lowest percentage of teen pregnancies (8.9 percent). Pregnancies among females aged 10 to 19 are listed below. Parenting in Mzansi homes is a key discovery and potential solution to the problem. The issue of partial parenting must be addressed, as well as frank discussion with children regarding the sharing of bed at home.
Teenage pregnancy, according to the agency, requires parental and societal intervention. "In some cases, kids don't even see their parents sober, much alone have a discussion with them," said Mbinqo-Gigaba. Teen pregnancies and sexual education are crucial topics to bring up if we want to preserve our children, especially our female youth, who are more likely to face negative repercussions if they become pregnant.
The statement continued, "It is not only DBE's responsibility, but the entire society must address this issue."
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