Setting the ECD facts straight: teen pregnancy

Svetlana DonevaUncategorized1 Comment

You have probably come across these common misconceptions about Early Childhood Development in South Africa at some point. Maybe on social media, maybe in the comment section of a news website, or maybe during a heated argument at a social gathering. We decided set the facts straight by gathering the evidence to debunk 10 stubborn ECD myths.  

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Myth 5: The Child Support Grant incentivises teenage girls to fall pregnant.

The Fact: Health Systems Trust research found that only 20% of teenage moms are actually claiming the child support grant. The report also found that only 5% of all grant recipients are teenage mothers – disproportionate when one considers the national percentage of teenage vs non-teenage mothers.  A Health Systems Trust survey also found that just 2% of pregnant women aged 15 – 24, cited the CSG as an incentive.  South Africa’s high – but decreasing – rate of teenage pregnancy is more accurately attributed to low levels of education around contraception and gender based violence.

Read all 10 of the myths here.

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