THERE was outrage when the sections of the Sexual Offences Act that criminalised sex between young teenagers were declared constitutional.
The grade 6 and 7 girls are all
under the age of 16 and the situation has sent shock waves through the community.
Rose Gwebu, manager of the Boitumelo Community Organisation, said she knew many teenagers who regularly bunked school to have sex at home while their parents were at work.
“We need to encourage parents to talk to their kids about sex.
“I mentor a group of teenage girls and I’ve
always encouraged them to talk to their parents when they go through puberty,” said Rose.
She said she was planning to approach education officials to allow her to have weekly 15-minute sessions with pupils during morning assembly to educate them about sex.
Gershwin Chuenyane, Gauteng Department of Education spokesman, said they were aware of the pregnant
“The school has requested that their parents and guardians make arrangements to give them extra support.
“The pupils have been encouraged to stay at school for as long as possible before giving birth and to return soon afterwards to avoid missing out on school work,” said Chuenyane.
He said sex education formed part of the life orientation syllabus and pupils took the subject from primary to high school.
“In Gauteng our focus is on encouraging pupils not to have sex,” he said.
Chuenyane said the department was running projects to address the problem of teenage pregnancy and included dealing with the issue through talks, plays and poetry with the health and social development departments, the SAPS and the NGOs.