Teen pregnancies roil education authorities

Michael Mpofu

Political Bureau

A TOTAL of 160 754 teen pregnancies were recorded in just two years, according to Statistics SA, and the Department of Basic Education says it can’t solve the problem on its own.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga told Parliament in a written reply that although her department had taken “an active role” regarding teenage pregnancy, “it is a battle that requires active involvement of stakeholders, including our sister departments, civil society, (the) faith community and organised business”. The department was trying to combat the problem through various programmes, including peer education through the Girls and Boys Education Movement, she said.

NGOs had also partnered with the government.

Motshekga said her department was working on drafting regulations on pupil pregnancies.