MoESD develops strategy to curb teenage pregnancy

FRANCISTOWN: A top official in the Ministry of Education Skills and Development (MoESD) has revealed that they have devised a mechanism to strengthen Parent- Teachers Associations (PTAs) with a view to mobilising parents to counsel children about teenage pregnancy, which is spiralling out of control.

Education director for the North-East region, Oupa Masesane, told The Monitor last week that they were determined to combat pregnancy in schools. A Radio Botswana (RB) bulletin recently revealed that girls were dropping out of school due to pregnancy and the ministry was concerned about the situation.

"We have strengthened the PTA structures by forming a regional executive PTA which, we hope, will assist us," said Masesane.It is anticipated that the mechanism will help with mobilising parents in the region to talk to their children about the importance of education and the dangers of pregnancy whilst still at school.

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