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.
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.