Increased school pregnancy rates linked to girls being preyed upon - researcher

The Department of Basic Education revealed on Monday that 193 school girls in Grade 3, 4 and 5 fell pregnant over the last three years.

Zenaida Martin, Studies for the Institute of Poverty Advocacy and Studies communications officer says the announcement made by the department is a sad and disappointing reality.

She says it raises concerns about socialisation in society and on how younger people are ill-equipped to deal with social and sexual risks they fall prey to.

The scary fact is that it could be either... teenage boys or older men. It could be ignorant hormonal young people who are having sex, but chances are it is not and that's what should be investigated.

Zenaida Martin, Studies for the Institute of Poverty advocacy and communications officer

It could be teachers and other older people in the community... which lead to these young people getting pregnant.

Zenaida Martin, Studies for the Institute of Poverty advocacy and communications officer

She raises concerns over sexual grooming of young people by what has been termed 'sugar daddies'.

Why would a younger girl or boy feel compelled to offer sexual favours to somebody in exchange of either goods or some kind of financial support ...

Zenaida Martin, Studies for the Institute of Poverty advocacy and communications officer

Martin raises the issue of the patriarchy which often leads to the females being blamed for the pregnancies.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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