Basic Ed flags high pregnancy rate in schools

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the department is concerned with the high rate of pregnancies in South African schools.

Motshekga was briefing the media earlier following a meeting of the Council of Education Ministers on Monday.

The minister said her department has developed a national policy for the prevention and management of pregnancy in schools.

She says teenage pregnancy impacts negatively on the country's ability to ensure that teenage girls who fall pregnant complete their schooling.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

She quoted the 2015 annual school survey which estimates that over 15 000 learners fell pregnant during the 2015 academic year. She says some of these children were in primary schools.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

She says South Africans have become targets for criminals, and safety and security has become a major concern.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

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