Teen gives birth on school premises

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

A 17-year-old Grade 11 pupil gave birth to a baby girl on her school premises in Tembisa on Monday.

The Masisebenze Secondary School pupil went into labour just after the lunch break and was quickly whisked to a sickroom by teachers, leaving her classmates in a bemused state.

Tembisa Hospital officials blocked reporters from interviewing the pupil.

After the girl had agreed to talk to Sowetan, hospital spokesman Lesiba Ledwaba, and a matron at Ward 6 claimed that "out of concern for the girl" they did not think it was appropriate for her to talk to the media.

Sources yesterday said the mother and her baby were recovering well.

Gauteng education department spokesman Kate Bapela said teachers at the school were not aware that the pupil was pregnant.

"They took her to the sickroom when she started complaining about stomach pains. Teachers then helped her to deliver the baby," said Bapela.

She said school girls are allowed to attend classes even when they are pregnant, but the school was expected to release the student during the seventh month of pregnancy.

A pupil who refused to be identified alleged that the girl was allowed to attend classes despite her tummy showing that she was heavily pregnant.

"It was clear that she was pregnant, but nobody said a thing," she said.

"Some of us knew what was going to happen when she was taken to the sick room."

She also alleged that some pupils witnessed the birth and the teachers leave the sickroom because the girl was screaming for help.

But paramedics who were called in assisted the girl to give birth. The school's principal refused to comment.