THE chairperson of the Ohangwena Regional Council, Erickson Ndawanifwa, stated the northern area continues to expertise highschool dropouts on account of teenage being pregnant.
“Pupils are falling pregnant left and proper. There’s a have to strengthen complete intercourse schooling at faculties within the area. We additionally have to sensitise mother and father and create consciousness in order that we will do higher,” Ndawanifwa stated throughout the remodeling schooling summit, held at Eenhana final week.
Statistics from the Ministry of Schooling, Arts and Tradition present that final yr, 1 260 women dropped out of college because of being pregnant within the Ohangwena area.
Ndawanifwa stated that folks are failing to information their youngsters.
“Parental steering shouldn’t be there, are you able to think about that almost all of those pupils are youngsters between 13 and 16 years of age, women which might be nonetheless attending main faculties. We do not have such an issue in excessive faculties.
“Moms needs to be extra accountable towards their daughters on this regard. Kids are left to roam round at any time they need, whereas the mother and father are out ingesting in cuca outlets. They need to be educating their youngsters concerning the risks of unprotected intercourse and abstaining from sexual actions till a sure age,” charged Ndawanifwa.
Ndawanifwa additional apportioned blame on the Pentecostal church buildings within the area.
“These modern-day church buildings are utilized by youngsters as an excuse to roam away from their houses. These church buildings maintain their companies at any given day, together with late hours, and this provides these youngsters an opportunity to gallivant and get entangled in sexual actions,” stated Ndawanifwa.
“Sexual schooling must be elevated from college degree, however mother and father have to do their half too.”
Dr David Emvula from the Ministry of Well being and Social Companies stated teenage being pregnant is a worldwide concern, and Namibia is not any exception.
Emvula stated this needs to be a problem in each healthcare system, since early being pregnant can have dangerous long-term implications on a woman’s bodily, psychological, financial and social standing.
“It’s a concern from each human rights and public well being views. Nearly all of teenage pregnancies are unintended, they’re linked to a necessity for love and ignorance relating to replica and contraception, in addition to the rising price of early sexual actions,” Emvula stated.
“Contributing elements for teenage being pregnant are a number of and really advanced, categorised as socio-demographic, familial, cultural and reproductive behaviour.
“When a teen turns into pregnant, her life can change radically with long-term penalties. Pregnancies amongst very younger women are thought-about a high-risk occasion, due to the extra burden imposed by replica on a still-growing physique.”
Emvula famous that Namibian statutory rape legislation is violated when people have sexual contact with women beneath the age of 16.
“These instances should be reported to the police, clearly they don’t seem to be being reported, as a result of how do now we have pupils dropping out of college at main college degree? They’re beneath the age of consent, and fogeys enable them to only proceed with out a case being opened in opposition to the impregnators,” charged Emvula.