New national policy by Basic Education Department addresses discrimination against pregnant pupils.
The draft policy states that schools will accept and be flexible in dealing with absenteeism by pregnant pupils.
The 2007 guidelines suggested pregnant girls take a leave of absence from school for up to two years.
So what has changed?
Elijah Mhlanga, the spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education chats to Redi Tlhabi about the new policy which aims to be sympathetic in each case of a pregnant learner.
It has been updated after two years of public participation...It now takes into account the dignity of learners and their right to education. Which means their status whether they are pregnant or not, would not compromise their education.— Elijah Mhlanga, the spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education
Schools need to do all they can to support them.— Elijah Mhlanga, the spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education
The new policy also stamps out discrimination against pregnant learners within the school environment. He says they must be loved and supported and not be made to feel they have done anything wrong
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