Inside the high school with 34 pregnant teenagers

Inside the high school with 34 pregnant teenagers

Ithuteng Secondary School at Brandvlei, Randfontein, 21 October 2019. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

With 1 in 18 pupils pregnant, a principal of a Randfontein high school is at his wits’ end. ‘We have a local clinic, offer life skills and sex education lessons – but we have not made any headway.’

Faced with a ballooning teenage schoolgirl pregnancy rate – said to be standing at 34 affected girls this year alone – school principal Matsiane Baloyi has reached the end of his tether. “What else can we do that we haven’t already done?” he asked in desperation. Ithuteng Secondary School in Randfontein has 1,046 pupils, of which 600 are girls. This means the pregnancy rate is 1 in 18. And the principal has tried everything to deter pupils from engaging in early sex: sex education lessons – part of life orientation classes – help from adults like female police officers and...

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