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The African National Congress (ANC) in the North West Provincial Legislature has hailed the recent launch of the National Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy in Schools. The policy provides for an enabling environment to support learners and prevent discrimination against pregnant learners.
It further provides for access to comprehensive pregnancy prevention information, counselling and care guidelines, as well as the setting up of policy management and coordinating structures.
ANC’s Kim Medupe said they are disturbed by the high numbers of pregnancies reported among adolescent girls who are still in school.
The National Department of Health recently revealed shocking statistics that 132 000 girls between 10-19 gave birth in the 2020/2021 financial year.
Medupi said they trust that the Protocols from this policy will go a long way towards eradicating this social ill that denies children the opportunity to receive an education thus robbing them of prospects of a brighter future.
“Early Unintended Pregnancy has negative impacts on the girl child’s physical and psychological health. It further leads to the disruption to schooling and subsequently, the school-drop out that has been reported in the education sector. Research shows that a third of girls who fall pregnant do not return to school for further education”.
The journey towards the development of this policy started in 2016 following a court ruling which commissioned the National Minister of Basic Education to come up with a policy that will protect all learners’ right to Basic Education as enshrined in the Constitution.