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 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.

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