Sunday, May 27, 2007

New plan set to curb pregnancies in SA schools

By Chanel September
27 May 2007

School girls who fall pregnant could soon spend two years out of the classroom before being allowed back.

A new proposal is already in circulation within the Department of Education. The aim of the proposal is to curb the number of unplanned pregnancies in the country.

The proposal also makes provision for fathers who are pupils to take paternity leave.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor sent the 11-page document to provincial education MECs for their consideration and comment earlier this month, this according to a Sunday paper.

MECs were given a week to comment, failing to do so, the department would then assume they approved the document.

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