Dept of Education takes a stand against teenage pregnancy

Members of the public have until the end of July to comment on the Department of Basic Education draft Policy in the prevention and management of learner pregnancies.

The depart is trying to address the alarming rate of pregnancies at schools with the proposal to teach about choices, pregnancy, termination and the morning after pill.

Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the department wants to take responsibility in teaching the youngsters about sex and sexuality as well as rape.

Read: Matakanye Matakanye, Secretary at National Association of School Governing Bodies

We need to inform young people that if you found yourself in a rape situation, these are the steps you need to take should you find yourself pregnant.

Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education

We have stats that show that learners fall pregnant at a very young age especially in primary schools, which could threaten their well being.

Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education

Mhlanga says the teaching is going to form part of Life Orientation in collaboration with Department of Health and Social Development.

This means we will be going to schools to inform them about these matters.

Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education

We are anticipating that the Department of Health will visit our schools with their mobile health facilities.

Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education

We don't want them to only receive information but tell them where they need to go in order to get treatment.

Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education

Secretary at National Association of School Governing Bodies, Matakanye Matakanye, says they welcome the idea of children being taught about sex and sexuality. However, they have a problem with teaching children about termination of pregnancy.

We will be teaching our children that if they get involved in these types of activities, then there is a way to get rid of that. To us it's a problem.

Matakanye Matakanye, Secretary at National Association of School Governing Bodies

Even with the issue of contraceptives, if you start teaching them about that, you are giving them a licence to start practicing.

Matakanye Matakanye, Secretary at National Association of School Governing Bodies

Matakanye says children should be taught about abstinence, that they should not involve themselves in sexual activities until they are old enough and have finished their studies.

To hear the rest of the interviews about teaching learners about sex and sexuality in schools, listen below:


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