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That 2336 schoolgirls in Gauteng became pregnant last year has shocked everyone. So who is to blame?
Most schools have posters and life-orientation programmes about the ABC of HIV-Aids prevention. The 140million free condoms distributed last year by the Gauteng Health Department shows that (A) abstinence has not been effective. Peer pressure has worked against B (be faithful) and against C (condomise).
Child-support grants might also have encouraged teen pregnancy. The failure of the moral regeneration programme and the breakdown of family life can also be blamed. So can poverty, the media and peer pressure.
The role of male youth needs investigation. The government and the Education Department intervention programmes are not having enough success.
Does the department's insistence on the rights of pregnant pupils to continue at school play a part? If there are no sanctions, what message is being sent to teens?
But of greatest concern is the number of Aids orphans. It's predicted that 2005's 1million will grow to 2million by 2010. Teen pregnancies and HIV-Aids are the responsibility of schools, the government, NGOs, communities and the media. Practice ABC or D (die).
David Quail, DA spokesman on education, Gauteng