Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
9 Sep 2021
5:30 am

Are South Africa’s girls impregnating themselves?

Marizka Coetzer

Boys do not feature in the department of basic education’s grand plan to reduce underage pregnancy.

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Boys do not feature in the department of basic education’s grand plan to reduce underage pregnancy. On Tuesday, the department submitted a draft policy to members of Cabinet aimed at decreasing the high underage pregnancy rate in schools during the lockdowns. The department said a multisectoral approach was needed, involving the departments of basic education, health, social development, women, justice and the South African Police Service (Saps). The department proposed approaches such as comprehensive sexuality education and an age-tailored combination prevention programme for adolescent girls and young women aged 10 to 19. South African Teachers’ Union spokesperson Stephan van den...