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Dept Of Education Births New Sex Health Policy

School kids as young as 12 will be able to obtain male and female condoms, as well as information about them, from nurses participating in the Integrated School Health Programme in a youth-friendly atmosphere (ISHP). "Reasonable" access to condoms and information regarding their use will be granted "based on their degree of inquiry or need."

In addition, students will be given "scientifically correct, age-appropriate, and comprehensive information and resources on sexual and reproductive health rights" in school. These are some of the elements in the Department of Basic Education's new and long-awaited policy on the prevention and management of student pregnancy targeted at reducing unwanted pregnancies among schoolgirls. Angie Motshekga, the basic education minister, stated last week at the Charlotte Maxeke memorial lecture in Pretoria, "I am happy to report that cabinet has adopted the revised policy as a pushback against men in fancy suits who impregnate young girls as young as 10 years."

Cabinet stated that the policy, answers to a 2012 court decision that went against the department of basic education on a section that required students to miss up to two years of school after giving birth. According to the agreement, pregnant students must be permitted to continue in school during and after their pregnancy. "It is unlawful to expel or exclude pregnant students from a school." Returning to school for gymslip moms "will depend on medical recommendations and the time of year she left the school for delivery."

Cabinet stated that the policy is in response to a 2012 court decision that went against the department of basic education on a clause that required students to miss up to two years of school after giving birth. According to the agreement, pregnant students must be permitted to continue in school during and after their pregnancy. "It is unlawful to expel or exclude pregnant students from a school." Returning to school for gymslip moms "will depend on medical recommendations and the time of year she left the school for delivery."

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Angie Motshekga Department of Basic Education Integrated School Health Programme

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