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'Schoolgirls not school babies'

By unknown | Sep 03, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Limpopo Education MEC Aaron Motsoaledi has urged pupils, teachers and parents to advise schoolgirls not to fall pregnant.

"Pregnancy in schools is an accident that must be avoided at all costs. As much as we respect the rights of girl pupils to education, they also must respect the rights of other pupils and teachers," he said.

Motsoaledi, pictured, said education policy dictated that pregnant schoolgirls stay in class until doctors advised them they were due for delivery.

He gave the example of a student who gave birth a day after she had sat for her final examination.

The MEC said the department had no statistics on the number of schoolgirls who fell pregnant.

"We must be wary of situations where pregnant pupils deliver [their babies] in front of other pupils because that would traumatise the other pupils," Motsoaledi said.


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