Sex education for adolescents in Paarl
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Over a 24-month period, 209 pregnant girls 16 years and younger were interviewed at the Paarl East Teenage Pregnancy Clinic. Only 60 (28,71%) had received some sex education at home and 108 (51,67%) had received some information at school. Firty-seven girls (27,2%) had received no instruction at all. This lack of sex education partly explains the high incidence of teenage pregnancy at Paarl - once reported as the highest in the world. Eradication of this teenage catastrophy afflicting South Africa must involve improved school education and the total community, including the business sector. Teenage instruction should start at junior school and should be repeated at frequent intervals from as early as Standard 2.
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