OSHANA Regional Governor Elia Irimari revealed that 88 learners in his region have fallen pregnant during the first school term of 2019.
The Governor made the shocking revelation during the launching of a campaign for the admission of learners for the 2020 academic year.
According to him, 28 percent of the 88 learners who fell pregnant were in grade 12, while 24 percent were in grade 11. Grade 10’s share stands at 8 percent, while 19 percent, 18 percent and 2 percent of those who fell pregnant were in Grades 9, 8 and 7 respectively.
“Fifty-two of those who fell pregnant during the first term are aged 18 or younger, including one aged 14,” he stated.
According to Irimari, Oshakati Circuit recorded the most pregnancies, accounting for 43 percent (38 learners), followed by Oluno and Onamutai circuits with 19 percent and 16 percent respectively.
The Ompundja Circuit accounted for 12 percent (11 learners) while 9 percent of the pregnancies (8 learner) were recorded in the Eheke Circuit.
Irimari said that the academic progress of the majority of those who fell pregnant is declining sharply and they may not pass at the end of the year.
He urged parents and caregivers to educate young learners, both boys and girls, about the implications of intimate relationships and help them make positive choices that will protect their education and their future.