Shocking new stats on teen pregnancy + tips on how to handle it

By admin
30 March 2015

Around 21,000 schoolgirls, including 717 still in primary school, were pregnant in the 2013/14 financial year.

Around 21,000 schoolgirls, including 717 still in primary school, were pregnant in the 2013/14 financial year, Beeld reported on Monday.

This is according to a written reply in Parliament from the basic education ministry in response to questions asked by the Democratic Alliance.

The most pregnancies were in Gauteng (5273) and the Eastern Cape (4130).

North West had the least (292).

The Eastern Cape had the most primary school pregnancies (232) and Gauteng the most high school pregnancies (5209).

Provincial figures are: (with primary school pregnancies first): Gauteng: 64, 5209; Eastern Cape: 232, 3898; Mpumalanga: 130, 3196; KwaZulu-Natal: 84, 2993; Western Cape: 83, 2433; Limpopo: 32, 1009; Free State: 13, 325; North West: 14, 278; Northern Cape: 65, 775.

The number of pupils who returned to school was not available.

It’s the news any mother dreads hearing – your schoolgoing daughter is pregnant. While it’s a difficult situation to be in, it’s not the end of the world. With your support your daughter can still live her life and reach her full potential.

Here’s advice on how to help your pregnant teen:

Keep your anger in check.

It’s natural for you to feel angry and disappointed. As a parent you had dreams and aspirations for your child’s future, which didn’t include a teenage pregnancy. You have every right to feel this way, but try to keep your emotions in check. Your teen is going through a difficult time and needs your support.

“Teenagers are at a very critical period in their development emotionally, physically and socially,” Sharon Paulus, a social worker from the Parent Centre, explains. “Your pregnant teen will need someone to talk to who will listen to them and not judge them.”

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