The Department of Basic Education says it believes it has the responsibility to make available information that will help school children on sexual matters.
Speaking to Clement Manyathela on The Midday Report, Mhlanga says the ideal situation with the Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum is to enable young people to take preventative measures when engaging in sexual acts.
Some schools are experimenting on it but we have not yet formally implemented it as yet.— Elijah Mhlanga, Basic Education Spokesperson
We do not believe it will over sexualise the young people. The fact is that they are sexually active right now.— Elijah Mhlanga, Basic Education Spokesperson
Meanwhile, educational psychology expert Vanessa Barnes says there are benefits to this curriculum as it encourages teenagers to find preventative measures.
My concern is really around the South African context. The question is do they have access to things like condoms? Do they have easy access to things like clinics where they can receive more information on teenage pregnancy?— Vanessa Barnes, Educational psychology expert
Listen to both interviews below...