NEARLY 45000 schoolgirl pregnancies were registered in the Eastern Cape over the past five years.
This is according to statistics released by the provincial Education Department.
Department spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said the total number of pregnancies over the period stood at a whopping 44909.
This figure is made up of 10731 pregnancies in 2008, followed by a slight decrease in 2009 with 10465. In 2010, there were 10187, with 8343 in 2011, followed by a sharp decline last year with 5183 pregnancies.
According to Mtima, one possible reason for the decrease could be the intervention programmes by the department, which sought to educate pupils on the consequences of teenage pregnancy.
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