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Cote d’Ivoire-Education

Ivorian school pregnancy rate down 25 percent - official

APA - Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire)

The rate of pregnancies in schools across Cote d’Ivoire has decreased by 25 percent, according to the government.

According to Minister Bruno Kone, regarding the scourge, which “unfortunately has a heavy impact on the enrollment of girls in schools” there has been a 25-percent drop over the last two years. He attributed this drop to the implementation of a plan two years ago aimed at rolling back pregnancies in schools. “3,828 pregnancies, including 245 cases in primary schools and 3,684 in secondary schools were counted during the 2014-2015 school year, against 4,035 during 2013-2014” Mr. Kone said. He added: “This number was 5.073 cases in 2012-2013 at the launch of the project.” The decline is more important in primary schools, where in 2012-2013, the figure stood at 1,137 cases. “The initiators of these pregnancies come from the school system and teachers responsible for such pregnancies represent only 1.5 percent of the total. It is still too high, but we have come a long way,” Bruno Kone admitted. Since February 2014, the Ivorian government had resolved to set up an acceleration plan to eliminate pregnancies in schools.

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