Parental Care Can Help Reduce Teenage Pregnancies- Kekgonegile

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Member of Parliament for Maun East Goretetse Kekgonegile has said the high number of teenage pregnancies among teenage school girls is of paramount concern, urging parents to provide the necessary care and monitor their daughters.

This is particularly important for their female Junior Certificate leavers during their prolonged out of school days while waiting to start their senior secondary school level.

Speaking during a Kgotla meeting in Sankoyo recently Member of Parliament for Maun East, Goretetse Kekgonegile advised parents that by so doing they will be contributing towards the reduction of teenage pregnancies prevalent in the district.

Kekgonegile made the call in reaction to the escalating numbers of teenage pregnancies of form 4 students recorded at Shakawe Senior Secondary School during this year’s first term. He noted that teenage girls in rural areas engage in sexual activities and become pregnant during the school breaks.

“What happened to students in Shakawe can also happen to those in Sankoyo but if we monitor them and show them the right ways, then we will be able to avoid such situations, parents will be able to see their children progressing to senior schools for a better future,” Kekgonegile advised.

He warned that the children’s engagement in sexual activities does not only come with pregnancies but it also exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases. He has since advised parents to engage and openly talk to their children about the disadvantages of engaging in sexual activity at an early age.

Meanwhile, Sankoyo Village Development Committee (VDC) Chairperson Kobamelo Simalomba decried the high number of defilement cases that go un-reported in the village. He claimed that so far only one defilement case has been reported though villagers know a number of such incidents.

“Let us join hands and protect the girl child, gone are the days where we had cultural practices that subjected a girl child to sexual abuse,” Simalimba pleaded.

A previous interview with Maun Education Regional Director Veronicah Mochotlhi revealed that teenage pregnancy at Shakawe Senior Secondary School is the main cause of school drop outs. According to her, in June this year, 20 students were pregnant with 10 out of the number having dropped out of school.

Mochotlhi revealed that an analysis on student pregnancy at the school reflects a trend where learners fall pregnant during the school break, after their Junior Certificate Examinations or prior to their admission to Shakawe SSS.

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