Ministry of Education Arts and Culture on an annual basis records pregnancies amongst school-going girls

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture on an annual basis records over 1 500 pregnancies amongst school-going girls, a trend which is worrisome, its Deputy Minister Anna Nghipondoka has said.

Nghipondoka, who revealed the statistics at the national launch of the 'Let's talk' Campaign on Early and Unintended Pregnancy (EUP) here on Friday, said it is high time that Namibians openly talk about EUP holistically to effect change in the society.

The campaign, driven by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in Eastern and Southern Africa, is aimed at scaling up global, regional and national actions to meet young people's needs, realise their rights and tap into their responsibilities as agents of change.

Nghipondoka said the education management information system in 2018 reported that 1 982 learners dropped out of school due to pregnancy.

As the education sector, we are apprehensive of the resultant high drop-out rates from school by young girls due to pregnancy, she noted.

Source: Namibia Press Agency