No HIV testing in schools

2012-06-29 13:06

The ANC policy conference rejected the proposal of HIV testing in schools, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga told reporters today.

She said the commission on education discussed the issue, but decided HIV testing should not take place in schools.

“The health minister made a presentation but it was decided schools are not the ideal place for counselling and testing,” she said.

She also defended the South African democratic teachers’ union (Sadtu) and said although the education department’s relationship with them is not good, they can’t be blamed for everything.

“I have to concede we have difficulty to maintain a relationship with stakeholders, but we have to take responsibility and can’t blame Sadtu if classrooms are not adequately resourced.”

She said government has not yet fully implemented the one-learner-one-book policy and this impedes on teachers doing their work.

About 80% of all teachers in the public school system are Sadtu members.

“Some of the things have not crumbled because of Sadtu, they are problems but it is not the only problems we have.”

Meanwhile, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that cleaning and other essential services in hospitals are not going to be outsourced any more.

“The services must be done in-house,” he told reporters.

He also said the conference wants a national health insurance fund to be established, while a progress report on the national health insurance scheme will be tabled at the Manguang conference in Free State.

A healthcare commission will also be established to deal with risk factors like smoking and lifestyle diseases.

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