'Communities must limit the blaming and shaming of pregnant teenage girls'

The Department of Basic education says although there are reports of multi teenage pregnancies in schools, adolescent fertility has been on the decline in the past five years.

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Dr Faith Khumalo, who is the Chief Director for School Health Services in the Department of Basic Education, says with that being said, everyone should be concerned about teenage pregnancies.

Because we started from a very high level, the decreases over the years have been slow and not as sharp as we would want them to be.

Dr Faith Khumalo, Chief Director for School Health Services in the Department of Basic Education

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Dr Khumalo says, parents, as the primary caregivers need to play a huge role in the reduction of teenage pregnancies.

The department says it plans to introduce more sex education from primary school level.

We as the department believe that we have the responsibility to provide the curriculum and the teaching on sexuality as well as relationships and this we call comprehensive sexuality education.

Dr Faith Khumalo, Chief Director for School Health Services in the Department of Basic Education

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As community members, it's important that when we see a young person who is pregnant, we limit the blaming and the shaming.

Dr Faith Khumalo, Chief Director for School Health Services in the Department of Basic Education

As our law stand, if you are 16 years or younger and you are pregnant, you have been violated and there has been a criminal act.

Dr Faith Khumalo, Chief Director for School Health Services in the Department of Basic Education

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