DENNILTON – Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) launched its Women’s Month programme, the adoption of teenage pregnancy school intervention, at Tlhako Secondary School in Dennilton, Moteti last Thursday.
According to the district municipality the decision to launch the programme in Moutse came after Tlhako and Dithamaga secondary schools in the area were listed by Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha’s office as the worst hit by the scourge of teenage pregnancy in the Sekhukhune.
SDM Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila and the district executive committee members together with officials joined by Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality (EMLM) officials and councilors, as well as representatives from the district education, social development departments, educators, learners, School Governing Bodies (SGB) and police converged at Tlhako for the programme’s launch.
In his keynote address, Ramaila said they received a list from the office of Premier Mathabatha with problematic schools in terms of teenage pregnancy and in Moutse, Thlako and Dithamaga secondary schools were the worst hit.
However, Ramaila said given that South Africa was yet to have a woman president, there was still hope that president may come from one of the two troubled schools, Tlhako and Dithamaga.
Ramaila promised to adopt the two schools and committed to assist them heighten their matric pass rate this academic year.
“We also commit to meet parents of the learners to engage on how best we can intervene to improve results of the schools. We are also looking at bringing a career exhibition to the area to well equip the learners for the future,” said Ramaila.
Speakers from the education, social development departments, South African Police Service (Saps) and SGB cited peer pressure, alcohol and drug abuse as major factors of learner delinquency.
Ramaila concluded that there was a serious need to work together with the parents to direct the learners to the right path.