Opinion: We need a national guideline on teen pregnancy

The Department of Basic Education revealed on Monday that over 15 000 pupils fell pregnant during the 2015 academic year.

Xolani Gwala says the department should put guidelines in place to ensure that pupils are not pushed out of the schooling system after pregnancy.

SGBs tend to kick these girls out, and once you kick them out it's almost impossible to get them back to the schooling system.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

It's important then we should have a national guideline that says if a girl falls pregnant in your school this is how much time she has to spend at home with the child and come back to the schooling system.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

It's a matter of urgency. If the minister understands it's a systematic and fiscal challenge, it's a matter of urgency that we should have these guidelines. It should not be left to SGBs and principals to deal with such an important issue.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

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