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15 November 2017

Basic education committee welcomes declining trend in teenage pregnancies

CNBC Africa

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has welcomed the declining trend in teenage and learner pregnancies in South Africa.

Committee Chairperson Ms Nomalungelo Gina said: “We are excited that the trends are going down, but even so, we are still worried. One teenage pregnancy is one school pregnancy too many.”

The Committee today received a briefing from the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the Department of Social Development and the Department of Health on prevention and management of learner pregnancy. The Committee heard that a study by the Human Sciences Research Council was release in 2012. This study pointed to a decline in teenage fertility rates over the past five decades. However, despite this decline, the study said unintended teenage pregnancies remain unacceptably high.

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