Thursday, March 26, 2015

DA calls on DBE to take responsibility of pregnancy in schools

Jaimie-faith Poonah
26 March 2015

The Democratic Alliance said the Department of Basic Education has the responsibility to the children of this country and should urgently institute plans aimed at decreasing the incidence of pregnancy in schools.

It’s emerged that 20,000 children in primary and secondary school fell pregnant in South Africa last year.

The number was revealed in a written reply from the Education Department to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance.

DA’s MP of Education Portfolio Sonja Boschoff said what is of great concern to the DA is that the five year plan strategic plan alludes to work that is being done on the pregnancy policy but to date nothing is being seen and it would occur that there is no urgency and this is one aspect that the DBE must address constructively and comprehensively.

Boschoff said another concern is the fact that there is no record on the number of girls that have returned to school after the delivery of the baby.

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