Teen Pregnancy: 4 446 Fall Pregnant, 23 Teachers Fired for Sexual Misconduct

The education department is worried about the increasing rate of teen pregnancy in Gauteng, saying 4 446 girls fell pregnant in the province last year.

The alarming numbers, which included the case of a grade 5 pupil in Ekurhuleni, were announced by MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Wednesday.
Department of Health Losing War Against Teen Pregnancy

Education spokesman Oupa Bodibe said: “According to our records, 61 cases of sexual misconduct have been reported over the past three years.

“So far, 23 teachers have been fired for misconduct involving pupils.” Asked about solutions, Bodibe said they were working with the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance to train support teams.

Ekurhuleni was the worst affected, with 1 289 pregnant girls. Tshwane came in second, with a total of 1 136. The worst affected grades were 10, 11 and matric.

Shockingly, a total of 39 primary school girls fell pregnant. MEC Lesufi tweeted: “We’re not winning the battle against teenage pregnancy within the schooling environment in Gauteng!”

He said he was terrified. - Daily Sun

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