Primary school girls fall pregnant

Stats shock

03 February 2021 | Education

At least 24 learners from primary schools in the Khomas region fell pregnant last year, according to statistics provided by the region’s education directorate.
The numbers show that 371 pregnancies were recorded among learners in the Khomas region, of whom 26 are from special schools, 24 from primary schools, and 321 in secondary schools. A total of 139 pregnancies were reported during the first and second term, while 232 were recorded in the third term alone. The 371 pregnancies recorded in 2020 show a notable increase from the 246 pregnancies among learners the region recorded in 2019.
“We do not have the exact numbers of learners impregnated by older men or by fellow learners; however we are aware that many girls are impregnated by people who are not in school,” the report states.
Acting Khomas education director Paulus Lewin said the alarming statistics are among several reasons why, despite the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country, the education ministry of decided to open schools. “We have seen too many horrible things happening to children while they are at home, especially young girls. They are the most vulnerable group of children. Some of these children are raped by their own fathers, uncles, brothers and cousins,” Lewin said.

Risks
Lewin said while some children are at higher risk of contracting Covid-19 when in school, most of them are safer from other social evils than when they are at home.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday reported that at least 4 825 Namibian children under the age of 19 contracted Covid-19 since March 2020, of which 785 are children under the age of five.
According to Lewin, most children depend on schools for socio-economic support in terms of food through the school feeding programmes and sanitation, which he said are not available to some children when they are not in school.
“We are creating a safety net for children when they are in schools. We are not saying they will not get Covid-19 but we want to get them out of those other circumstances they face at home and offer them a better environment because it is not just about education to us. Education is the main thing but it is also about the wellbeing of these children, that is our priority too,” Lewin said. – Nampa

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