Teenage pregnancy is a real and big problem in South Africa. With almost 100 000 teenagers that gave birth in 2017, the situation is worrying. What or who exactly is the cause for this huge number of teens falling pregnant? Briefly.co.za takes a look.
Not only do teenage pregnancies contribute to the number of infant deaths, young girls are not prepared to take care of children which results in a variety of problems in the long run.
The situation is so serious that even South Africa's Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, is worried about it.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Motsoaledi said that girls as young as 10-years-old are falling pregnant.
But why are more young girls falling pregnant?
According to a study by The World Health Organisation, a huge factor in teenage pregnancy is the lack of talk about condoms and sex.
BuzzSouthAfrica reports that insufficient condom knowledge and using condoms incorrectly is also a big reason for teen pregnancy.
Furthermore, the belief that sex is a taboo topic also adds to the problem, resulting in more pregnant teenagers.
Lack of communication is facilitating teenage pregnancy, according to the report.
Are parents to blame?
Whether or not parents are to blame is a hot debate. Some parents do not know what goes on in their children's lives, not because they don't care, but because they do not have time to spend with their children because they need to work full-time to support their families.
While there are parents who simply do not care, it cannot be said of all parents, making this debate one that can go on for ages.
What about the government?
Blaming the government is also often the case. Lack of educating in schools and generally lack of interest is a often-said phrase of blame.
Perhaps it is a combination of the two reasons people often use when talking of teenage pregnancy.
However, playing the blame game will help no one, so finding solutions and saving our youth should be more important than trying to find someone to blame for this problem.
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