Big drop in 2016 school pregnancies - Motshekga

2017-03-23 17:03
Angie Motshekga. (Nico Gous, Netwerk24)

Angie Motshekga. (Nico Gous, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - More than 8 700 primary and high school pupils fell pregnant in 2016, 4 366 of them were in Gauteng, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said.

The minister's response, published on Thursday, was to a parliamentary question from Democratic Alliance MP Sonja Boshoff. 

"What is the total number of learners in primary and secondary schools who fell pregnant in each province during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 school years and how many of the specified learners returned to school in each year respectively and how many were reported by schools to the South African Police Service for reasons related to sexual offences in each year?"

In 2014, 18 357 pupils became pregnant, and majority of them, 4 719, were Grade 10 pupils.

In 2015 the numbers decreased slightly with 15 504 becoming pregnant, 5 246 of them in the Free State. 

The numbers decreased significantly in 2016, as 8 732 pupils became pregnant. Out of these, two were in Grade 3, four in Grade 4, and 2 328 were in matric.

In 2016, 106 were in the Eastern Cape and 2 429 in the Western Cape. 

The minister said the department did not have the numbers of pupils who had returned to school following the pregnancies. 

She said in 2013/14, 56 680 cases were reported to the police for reasons related to sexual offences, 53 617 were reported the following year, and 51 895 in 2015/16.

2016

EC

 

 

 

1

1

5

10

20

32

37

0

106

FS

1

 

1

3

21

30

50

123

120

138

0

487

GT

1

2

6

28

83

280

615

1 069

1118

1164

0

4366

LP

 

 

 

9

5

35

103

241

223

212

0

828

NW

 

1

 

 

5

17

56

109

91

80

0

359

WC

 

1

5

15

48

187

369

526

612

666

0

2429

NC

 

 

 

 

3

6

27

50

40

31

0

157

National

2

4

12

56

166

560

1230

2138

2236

2328

0

8732

 * 2014 - 16 Annual School Survey

 


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