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No support for maternity leave for teens

By unknown | Nov 10, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Lenyaro Sello

Lenyaro Sello

The council of education ministers is drafting a policy on teenage pregnancy.

Sowetan yesterday went onto the streets to get your opinions on the suggestion, made at the teenage pregnancy summit, that schoolgirls should be given four months of maternity leave - and all the people we talked to gave the proposal a big thumbs down.

Siya Dlamini, 25, of Johannesburg, said: "Pregnancy is for older, more mature and responsible people.

"Maternity leave will increase the teenage pregnancy rate. Young people might misunderstand the concept. Parents should talk to their children about the dangers of sexual activities at a young age."

Yanga Peter, a Wits University media and journalism student, agreed.

She said: "When you fall pregnant at high school it is often a mistake, but how will they learn from their mistakes if they miss out on school because they got maternity leave?

"There will also be an increase in HIV-Aids because they are having unprotected sex.

"I think parents should strongly oppose maternity leave.

"Now teenagers can fall pregnant, get maternity leave and then get money to support their children."

Herman Makhado, 52, of Protea Glen, Soweto, strongly opposed the suggestion.

He said: "There is no sense in this. Our children need discipline. They cannot be sexually active at an early age.

"Parents need to involve themselves in their children's lives. This is not about giving them rights but about killing our children."


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