Maternity leave for girls is folly

The proposed four-month maternity leave for schoolgirls does not make sense.

The proposed four-month maternity leave for schoolgirls does not make sense.

Firstly, it should be remembered that the Basic Conditions of Employment Act covers working citizens and not school children.

Secondly, while the constitution guarantees citizens rights, people must be responsible and not abuse their rights. Maternity leave for pupils is an abuse of rights.

We are currently faced with serious problems in our schools - corruption, violence, rape and HIV-Aids.

Every citizen must be concerned about these problems. But more than concern, we should all be working hard to find solutions to these problems.

We need to be focused, support each other and all our institutions. We need to be concerned about educating our children about the importance of education.

Some children are having babies to benefit from the child-support grants. Being a parent is tough, but raising a child is even tougher, especially if you are unemployed and still in school.

We are allowing corruption to rule our nation. Charity begins at home and this is what we should continue teaching our children. We should not allow them to do anything to the contrary.

Sebolelo Dimo, Marshalltown

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