The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga has announced that departments will intensify the implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools around South Africa. She hopes that this will provide young women with empowering information that is age-appropriate.
It was recently revealed that between April 2020 and March 2021, 23 226 teenage pregnancies were reported in Gauteng. Even more worrying, girls between the ages of 10 years old and 14 years old gave birth to 934 babies.
Motshekga explained that teenage pregnancies can have a long-lasting impact on girls and can lead to a number of social and economic effects. These include poor performance at school, an increased dropout rate and the stigma that comes with being a young mother.
The minister said “the time has come to bury our differences with the religious sector, the traditional leadership, parents, guardians and all others who opposed the implementation of CSE,”,
Motshekga also addressed recent crimes of Gender-based violence that have occurred in South Africa describing them as heinous and barbaric acts.
These crimes include the murder and mutilation of fourth-year law student Nosicelo Mtebeni, the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Limpopo and the alleged rape of a grade 1 learner by a general assistant working at a Soshanguve school near Tshwane.
“It is indeed about time, that we, as a nation, take a stand; and say enough is enough! We must never allow gender-based violence to thrive in our communities. Let us all speak against gender-based violence everywhere it shows its ugly head; let us act against it, using all legal platforms available to us,” concluded Motshekga.