The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has launched its Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy in Schools initiative.
The initiative aims to ensure that young mothers have access to much-needed support services.
It is also focused on addressing the high incidence of learner pregnancy and the drop-out that usually follows.
The policy also requires schools to report to the police when a pregnant learner is under the age of 16.
UNESCO National Programme Officer, at the DBE, Buyiswa Mpini.
View the online launch of the initiative here.
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The @DBE_SA policy is being launched today. We hope that it will help in reducing the incidence of learner pregnancy affecting children of school going age. Our school communities need to work together to ensure the implementation of the policy. pic.twitter.com/L1Me8pFlcj
— Hubert Mathanzima Mweli (@HubertMweli) February 17, 2022
Schools will be required to report to the police where the pregnant learner is under the age of 16. The @SAPoliceService will be informed to investigate and arrest perpetrators in cases of statutory rape. @ReginahMhaule @HealthZA @DBE_SA pic.twitter.com/FwurYWXR4o
— Elijah Mhlanga (@ElijahMhlanga) February 17, 2022
The Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has encouraged matriculants, who failed their exams or have not obtained their desired results, to make use of the support services available to them.
Schäfer advises Grade 12s to apply for the next session of supplementary examinations to rewrite their exams or improve their results.
She also urges candidates to make use of the Second Chance programme, offered by the Department of Basic Education, to again enroll for examinations.
Read her full statement here.
- Western Cape achieved a 81.2% pass rate in the 2021 Grade 12 examinations.
- 76.4% Matric pass rate testament that the country’s education system is improving.
- The Western Cape has improved its Matric pass rate for 2021 and boasts the Top 3 learners in Quintile 5.
— WCEDNews (@WCEDnews) January 24, 2022
VERY well done to the W Cape class of 2021 – improvement of 1.3%, over the 80% again, third position in the country with the highest % of bachelor passes, 2 districts in top 10 and improvement in retention from Grade 10-12 to 70%! All during a global pandemic! SUPER proud of you
— Debbie Schafer (@DebbieSchafer) January 20, 2022