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Education dept worried about 20,000 teenage pregnancies

It’s emerged that 20,000 children in primary and secondary school fell pregnant in South Africa last year.

According to the department’s list, Gauteng is the province with the highest number of teenage pregnancies. Picture: Freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - It's emerged that 20,000 children in primary and secondary school fell pregnant in South Africa last year.

The number was revealed in a written reply from the Education Department to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday.

According to the department's list, Gauteng is the province with the highest number of teenage pregnancies.

The Department of Education is unable to say how many of the pregnant pupils returned to school after giving birth.

The DA's Sonja Boshoff said the figures were "worrying".

"I will ask the chair to set up a meeting so we can find a way forward."

She said family planning services and education programmes to discourage intergenerational and unprotected sex, form part of the solution to this problem.

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