The Western Cape Education Department says there has been a decline in learner pregnancies reported in the past three years. The department's annual survey showed that 2148 learners fell pregnant in the 2017 school year. In 2015 the 2880 learners ended up in maternity wards. This latest figure represents a slight decline from the previous two years. Ministerial spokesperson, Jessica Shelver, says the numbers are still alarming: "The WCED has taken an active role in seeking to understand and effectively address the challenge of teenage pregnancy. The WCED has conducted a number of pregnancy prevention workshops targeting female and male learners from Grades 5 to 11. The course content focused on important topics such as teenage sexuality, healthy relationships, sexting and the emotional and legal consequences of sexting."
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