By: Katleho Sekhotho
The Soul City Institute for Social Justice says part of the problem of teen pregnancy in South Africa is how schools react.
The intersectional feminist organisation says it’s up to schools to launch investigations when a child under the age of 16 falls pregnant.
Recent figures released by the Gauteng health department report that over 23-thousand teenage girls fell pregnant between April last year and March this year.
Gauteng Health MEC, Nomathemba Mokgethi, has revealed that girls as young as 10 gave birth between April 2020 and March 2021.
Of that 23 000, 934 are girls between the ages of 10 and 14.
Speaking to Kaya News reporter Katleho Sekhotho, Soul City Institute CEO Phinah Kodisang says how schools react to teen pregnancy is part of the problem.
Kodisang says in some cases teachers are the perpetrators of violence against children and says the responsibility is not just with the government but with communities as well. Earlier this week, learners at Fochville Secondary School 2 accused a teacher of sexual misconduct.