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By Denise Williams Parliamentary Correspondent | Nov 08, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 339 ]

BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga says pregnancies among schoolgirls and teachers who go to class drunk are not her department's problems.

BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga says pregnancies among schoolgirls and teachers who go to class drunk are not her department's problems.

Speaking in De Aar in Northern Cape at the national council of provinces' "taking Parliament to the People" programme, Motshekga said parents could not "pass the buck" back to her department on the thorny issue of rising teenage pregnancies since kids were not having sex in schools.

"Teenage pregnancy is a problem imported to schools by homes and the community. [But] it's a department problem for us," Motshekga said.

"They don't have sex at schools, they have sex at homes. This is a problem, there's something wrong indeed that it now becomes my problem. We don't provide beds, we provide pens and books"

She said instead of bringing some of their concerns to the Department of Basic Education during parliamentary hearings on basic education, parents and teachers should have sorted out their own problems at school governing body level.

Motshekga's comments were prompted by earlier appeals by a number of parents who attended the session yesterday urging the department to improve sex education.

One mother from Colesberg said children were being forced to leave school because of teenage pregnancies and unsympathetic teachers.

Motshekga said while she agreed that sex education was crucial at school level, her department could not provide contraceptives to pupils without parental consent. "We can't give your kids condoms and we can't go and give them prevention tablets without the parents' permission," Motshekga said in response.

Some of the parents also complained about alcohol abuse among teachers and pupils in schools across the province. "The teachers are also drunk and there's corporal punishment where they use pipes and fists. The children are dropping out now," one parent said.

A teacher complained that her colleagues were drunk and that, even after rehabilitation, they still came to school reeking of alcohol.

But Motshekga washed her hands off this issue as well, saying it had to be addressed by school governing bodies and not the department. Motshekga's stance is different from Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi who wants condoms distributed at schools to prevent HIV/Aids infections and early pregnancies.

Northern Cape education MEC Grizelda Cjiekella wanted to know why the department was blamed for violence in schools. "We [the community] don't want to take responsibility."

"People allow their children to go to a tavern and when they get stabbed it becomes the department of education's problem. We must not pass the buck."

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@Heavenlydevine
@Heavenlydevine
THEmadame2B-BBEE-U know pila pila u don't do that every week and i doubt u slp with dif dieks everyweek u just saying 4 the sake of saying it or myb on the other hand u just a plain H0....
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I know her. She comes from a very poor family. Now that she is earning a buck, she sees herself as a Madam to be. Don't give yourself a headache with her.
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I just don't think ladies who work and have a BF to behave in this manner thats all.
…………and you can behave like this picking up ladies at taverns and when I do it it’s a sin….
.............Patriarchal tendencies

Nov 08, 2012 10:41 | 0 replies

Angie she is right she doesnt provide bed but books and if the school governing body,community and teachers dont help there is nothing she can do cause she set rules that need to be followed but no one follows them

Nov 08, 2012 11:12 | 0 replies

Tsupe: With respect, how blind can loyalty be?

Nov 08, 2012 11:19 | 0 replies

@ Sir Makhosini.U see exactly what i said earlier on that we parents as well as teachers cant put micro-chips on our kids and keep track of them all the time.As for your 13 year old indulging in booze is also beyond you and your teachers control,because u are @ work and u presume that your kid is @ school kgante he/she is not.

On the issue of teenage pregnancy i think its our teachers mostly who are impregnating these kids.The reason why im saying this is because have u seen how these teenage girls dress to school in their skimpy mini tunics and uniforms.As a teacher u cant teach properly and u constanlty focusing on this girls mini-skirt.Hence i said parents a still to blame for this for letting their young girls walk out of the house in mini skirt uniforms to school.As for the teachers they shud know better never to sleep with school kids and those who do shud be removed from the education system for life.

Nov 08, 2012 11:28 | 0 replies

Wena angie, are those teachers not employed by education department??Are you really saying children don't have sex at school??Where do you get that information mara??

Nov 08, 2012 11:30 | 0 replies

@TSUPE - I hope u a decent being where evea u are maar plse think b4 post ppl gonna take u as a liar or fool either way.

Which books she delivered or go to here to refresh your memory-o-fly http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2012/07/23/we-won-t-act-hastily-against-education-minister-over-textbooks---zuma !!


Nov 08, 2012 11:32 | 0 replies

THEmadame2B-BBEE
@heavenly...ok, s.l.o.w.l.y now, didn’t it ever occur to you that you are the hunted, do you know what goes on inside the brains of a woman, this is what we search for, a good DIEK (even if it means going to a tavern drinking 3 ciders and cigis from our victims) we go for it, we fantasise a lot, haven't you noticed in the flat that you stay that it is security guards who Fxk those woman who drive di Benz and BMW and then give them only klippa as a tip
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You are what we call lehure, ke re s'febe sa d'ifebe.

Nov 08, 2012 11:32 | 0 replies

Ja neh, le nna ke bona maspa ao, Zebra Force wins, it's a headline on Sowetan, but THE ALL MIGHTY, MIGHTY BHAKHANIYA WINS, it's "business as usual". Just like Mostweding FM, it looks like when a presenter/mogasi was hired, at the interviews, one of the question were are Chiemps/Chappies, whatever the fcuk names is, suppoter? If your answer was yes, you got the job on spot, but if your answer is "THE ALL MIGHTY PIRATES", you were told that you are over qualified for the job, try next time.

Nov 08, 2012 11:32 | 0 replies

MOTSOKWANA
RobinX
Let me tell you about myself. On weekends i spent most of my time in tarvens and we drink with these girls and i have slept with so many of them. i am not proud of what i am doing but if tarven owners allow them in a place of liqour what must we do. Their bodies can deceive you, thinking its an adult only to find you slept with a child.
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My broer I'm with you on that one_these children they mature very quickly and when you see them ko ditarven with their razor cuts, moer ke groot sister....I used to fack them as well ke mo shaye ka nkaoza from behind till a phinye ka nyy00 kikikikikikikikikiki

Nov 08, 2012 11:34 | 0 replies

Minister textbook non-delivery was not your problem but one of your excuses for poor matric pass in Limpompo gonna be text saga, plse don’t use that excuse !!

Indeed you couldn’t ensure delivery of books, expecting you to delivery beds was too much to ask isn’t?

Nov 08, 2012 11:12 | 0 replies

@Heavenly

...........Kxk u, but its ok for you to do it, shiet i WISH u get an erectile dysfunction
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Ya it's Ok for us man to do it we man it's in our n*ature...en on the other hand wena o m*osadi doing it make u look desperate and Ridiculers plus u become less Attractive...now calm down we only discussing u don't have to be h*ostile

Nov 08, 2012 11:5 | 0 replies