130 SCHOOLGIRLS REPORTED PREGNANTED IN FIRST SCHOOL TERM IN NAMIBIA’S OSHANA REGION

OSHAKATI, NAMIBIA-- More than 130 learners fell pregnant in the Oshana Region (Province) in northern Namibia in the first school term of 2018, the region's Education Director, Hileni Amukana, says.

She told the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Human Resources and Community Development during their visit to the region on Wednesday that the education directorate recorded 132 pregnancies during the first term which ended at end-April.

"Thirty-five of the learners who fell pregnant have dropped out of school," she said.

The regional statistics indicated that the Oshakati Circuit had the highest number of pregnancies at 34, followed by the Oluno Circuit with 31 pregnant learners, Onamutai with 30 pregnant learners and Eheke with 25 pregnant learners. Twelve girls fell pregnant in the Ompundja Circuit.

For the whole of 2017, the regional directorate recorded 312 pregnancies, with 27 pregnancies registered in the first term.

Amukana said her region has put in place pregnancy prevention activities such as sensitisation of school management on the implementation of the Education Sector Policy on Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy.

The Oshana Regional Councillor for the Uukwiyuushona Constituency, Andreas Amundjindi, told the Parliamentarians that a lack of parental supervision for children attending schools without boarding facilities away from home is a primary contributing factor. In many cases, learners end up renting shacks in informal settlements.

A member of the committee, Eunice Ipinge, said national statistics also contain disturbing figures which show that 1,797 learners fell pregnant countrywide in 2014; while 1,843 learners fell pregnant in 2015. The number increased sharply to 4,000 learners in 2016.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK