KZN school pregnancies a 'crisis' - MEC

2012-06-14 20:14

Durban - Pregnancies at KwaZulu-Natal schools are rising at alarming rates with the MEC of education, Senzo Mchunu, labelling the situation as a ‘crisis’, the Daily News reported on Thursday.

Mchunu was speaking at a joint media briefing held in Durban.

“We are in a crisis in this province,” he said. He said increasingly male teachers were the ones forcing themselves on girls in their care, IOL reported.

“Our children are very vulnerable today. It is ugly,” the MEC said.

Mchunu said a father had phoned him crying and begged him to intervene.

“He told me his daughter had been taken for the weekend by a teacher. The teacher raped the child and paid her mother R5 000. The mother accepted the money,” he said.

In another incident, a head of department at a school in Empangeni raped a 14-year-old girl.

“I am the Education MEC and these are my children as well,” Mchunu said.

Mchunu said he had dismissed a number of teachers this year  for unsuitable love affairs, but the trend seemed to be getting worse, the IOL report said

The number of pregnancies at schools last year are expected to top 13 000, once the figures have been compiled.
According to the afternoon daily, the provincial education department's social enrichment manager Gugu Madladla said that the year before (2010), a total of 12 971 pupils had fallen pregnant.

Education officials expected the 2011 would be higher, once all the figures were collated.

  • Carl - 2012-06-14 21:04

    It all starts with discipline! If it does not exist at home it won't at School! This Country is ill disciplined!

      mundu.olewega - 2012-06-14 21:31

      Born to be sluts! and the males are lower than neanderthals on the evolution ladder. If it moves with a skirt, they'll shag it.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-15 12:30

      The impact on infrastructure and other people : 13000 new kids that in 6yrs time need to be accomodated in schools ,just these will require 12 new schools allaccepting 1000 children into the same standard at once . The high likelyhood due to teenage mothers being that the education will be provided for free , (1/30 ratio) 433 teachers employed , Social service child grants and the end to the teenage mothers ambitions . Barr the fact of teenage promiscuity and teacher abuse , the impact on the community, society and govt burden is astonishing. Just paying the teachers a meagre R5000 a month would incur a cost of R2.165m a month.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-15 12:33

      oh , that just KZN and thats the burden compounded every year. I believe 2009 was 17000 pregnancies.

  • Harry - 2012-06-14 21:08

    These teachers do not deserve to be called human beings - they are worse than sick animals. The only medicine to cure this bad disease is castration. As government protects these animals, local communities should stand together and let mob justice take care of this sick situation.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-08 13:12

    12971 out of 15 million now getting grants for the pleasure isn't that bad hey? Maybe if we get "SA's productivity in zuma's eyes" up to 25 million we can improve on this figure. BAYETE! nkosi, ngege - who's your nduna and where is he hiding the 'zuma tapes'? maybe buried at the great naked breasts reed dance!

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