SOUTH AFRICAN EDUCATION DEPT TACKLES SCHOOLGIRL PREGNANCIES

About 3,000 girls from the impoverished Ratlou-municipality outside Mahikeng, the capital of South Africa’s North West Province, who dropped-out of school because they were pregnant, will be taken back by the schools in the next two weeks.

The girls were allegedly impregnated by older men and among them were under-aged girls, including an 11 year-old who has already given birth.

We want to identify those learners who have dropped out of school,” says Poppy Diale of the North West Department of Education. “We are working with those schools to ensure that all learners who have dropped out of school due to teenage pregnancy, go back to school.

“We are working with the Department of Social Development to ensure that, as kids, they are being taken care of when they are back at school. We are also working with Department of Health to ensure that they prevent teenage pregnancies.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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