88 schoolgirls fall pregnant in Oshana

17 July 2019 | Education

Eighty-eight learners, including two girls in Grade 7, fell pregnant in the Oshana Region during the first term of 2019.

Oshana governor Elia Irimari said this in a speech delivered on his behalf at the official launch of the Oshana Education Directorate's 2020 admission of learners campaign on Monday.

Irimari said all the girls who fell pregnant were aged 18 or younger.

The Oshakati Circuit recorded the most pregnancies at 43%, followed by the Oluno and Onamutai circuits, at 19% and 16%, respectively.

The circuit with the lowest number of pregnancies was Eheke, with eight pregnancies recorded.

“Although most of these learners are in school, their academic progress is declining sharply and they may not pass at the end of the year,” Irimari said.

He thus advised that parents, guardians or caregivers educate their children, both boys and girls, about the implications of intimate relationships and help them make positive choices that could protect their education and future.

Irimari further said the region has recorded 130 school dropouts during the period under review, mostly for unknown reasons.

The campaign, which started on Monday and ends Friday, is aimed at mobilising communities to ensure that all children of school-going age are registered for school for the 2020 school year.

NAMPA

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