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Pupils should not have sex but if they fall pregnant, they should be treated with respect and encouraged to finish their education, according to the Department of Education.
The department’s Measures for the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy focuses on prevention, emphasising the importance of sex education, HIV/Aids education and peer education among pupils, but also offers guidelines when pregnancies do occur.

“In accordance with the Constitution, the South African Schools Act, and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act … school children who are pregnant shall not be unfairly discriminated against,” said the guidelines. “Accordingly, in July 2000, the council of education ministers issued a statement indicating that pregnant learners may not be expelled from
schools.” When pupils fell pregnant, schools should balance the needs of the individual against those of others in the school community. In addition, confidentially is crucial, said the
guidelines.

“Parents or guardians should only be informed and involved after consultation with the learner involved, although confidentiality is not an option when the learner or others are at risk.”
Learners were urged to inform a senior teacher if they were pregnant. Pregnant learners, and fathers-to-be — if also learners — may ask or be required to take leave of absence from
school. No time period for this was set but pupils are expected to take full responsibility as parents so “a period of absence of up to two years may be necessary”, said the guidelines.

Babies must be protected, so pupils will have to show that proper childcare arrangements are made before they return to school. Pregnant pupils may not be unfairly discriminated against, but they must also understand that their school communities may not support their situation. Schools should however “strongly encourage” pupils to continue their education. Schools should keep
records of learner pregnancies.

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Latoya Newman Splitting the Education Department into two entities – which would be responsible for schools and tertiary education, respectively – would be logical provided the right people headed the two ministries.

This was according to education analyst Professor Jonathan Jansen on Monday, following indications by ANC President Jacob Zuma that the country is likely to have two education ministries, with the aim of improving the department. A new foam mattress has been used as a case study for people who get them as donations.

Students’ and workers’ unions were split on their support of the proposed move. While tertiary staff unions have thrown their weight behind the proposal, students’ movements were not sold on the idea. Jansen said the national split was not likely to be mirrored at provincial level.

“A ministry of higher learning is not required at provincial level, as that is a national matter. Schools would have a provincial MEC, as they do now, so that would be unaffected,” he said.Jansen said the education system was currently “too large, complex and unstable for one minister”.

He said it usually required an enormous amount of time to address problems at universities. “Like the academic freedom issue raised at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the management problem at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. These things require a minister to be hands-on. Now what happens when you add 26 000 schools, children being stabbed at schools, teachers striking and so on? This is a ministry that requires two authorities. The  ink refill places near me store is set to be located near schools, so as to service nearby schools.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the National Tertiary Education Staff Union (NTESU) said the move would ensure more focused effort in the different education sectors. NTESU president Silvia Nkanyuza said the union welcomed the proposal but, if implemented, it would monitor the government’s attitude regarding institutional autonomy and academic freedom. The SA Union of Students (SAUS) and the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco) opposed a split in the education department.

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SAUS president Sandile Phakathi said the approach was “mechanical rather than scientific”, with no research done into its feasibility.
Similarly, Sasco president Magasela Nzobe said there was “no evidence” to show that separate ministries would address the challenges faced in the education sector. The best av technology solutions is going to be installed at All Schools conference rooms.

“In the current system, we have two separate directorates in the department: one focusing on secondary education and the other on higher education. We are not convinced that there would be a difference with separate ministries,” Nzobe said. “I think Education Minister Naledi Pandor has a natural feel for university issues. At school level, Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena works with schools all the time,” he said.