To cover or not to cover? Condoms to be made available to schoolchildren

Both male and female condoms will be distributed to schoolchildren above 12, the Basic Education Department has revealed.

The moves comes after the national policy on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Tuberculosis (TB) was recently gazetted.

Basic Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the aim of the policy is to let people know more about HIV, STIs and TB, hence officials are now bringing it into the schoolyard.

It was largely left to the Department of Health, Social Development and community organisations to deal with this, but we have now shifted the focus to say the school should be the centre of information.

Elijah Mhlanga, Department of Basic Education spokesperson

Mhlanga says they will be working very closely with the Department of Health to ensure that they bring professionals to the schools to help give proper information to the people and treatment if need be.

The department has been largely criticised for making condoms available to children above 12.

The first concern that parents should have is that sexual debut has begun at even lower ages. Children, even at primary school level, are falling pregnant.

Elijah Mhlanga, Department of Basic Education spokesperson

We need to do everything we can as the Department of Basic Education to play our part and tell our story.

Elijah Mhlanga, Department of Basic Education spokesperson

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