Sex education initiatives are failing to control the spiralling teenage pregnancy crisis, ministers have admitted for the first time.
Sounds bad, eh? So, how much has the pregnancy rate risen?
The Government committed itself in 1999 to halving the teenage pregnancy rate among 16- and 17-year-olds by 2010, compared with 1998 figures.
However, by 2005 – the last year for which full figures are available – the rate fell by only 11.4 per cent. The same figures show that between 1999 and 2005 the overall number of 16- and 17-year-olds becoming pregnant increased from 39,247 to 39,804.
Err, the rate has fallen: what\’s risen is the number of teenagers.
This is a spiralling crisis?