[LISTEN] 'Schools must offer sex education to prevent teenage pregnancies'

Are contraceptives the answer to curbing the high rise of teenage pregnancy?

Do teenage girls have the whole variety of contraceptives at their disposal and do they understand that condoms prevent STIs and pregnancy?

The Limpopo Basic Education Department says its concerned that 27 pupils at the Molautsi Secondary School situated just outside Polokwane are pregnant.

There is a fear that might suffer consequences of the long-term exposure to contraceptives.

Dr Manala Makua, Director for women's health and genetics at the Department of Health

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We do have different forms of contraceptives that do not have an impact on the body's functioning of young girls.

Dr Manala Makua, Director for women's health and genetics at the Department of Health

Dr Makua says that she agrees that education is key to solving this problem.

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We are working together with the Department of Basic Education to make sure that we do provide comprehensive sexuality education so that they understand the changes in their bodies; what happens to them; the effect it will have and also how to understand how to manage the feeling of having the urge to have sex.

Dr Manala Makua, Director for women's health and genetics at the Department of Health

Consistent correct use of condoms will actually resolve multiple challenges that we are having and young children are facing.

Dr Manala Makua, Director for women's health and genetics at the Department of Health

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