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Primary schoolchildren need sex ed - minister

2011-11-30 19:03

Cape Town - Parliament's health portfolio committee has welcomed Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's intention to introduce sex education at primary school level.

There appeared to be an increase in teenage pregnancies, committee chairperson Began Goqwana said in a statement.

To remedy this situation, society needed to "relook at their morals and question why young children were engaging in sexual activities".

"The increase in teenage pregnancies shows that these young children are not only engaging in sexual activities, but are doing it without protection and having sexual education [in] primary schools might save the situation," he said.

The committee also urged all South Africans to ensure that they knew their HIV status as the country geared up to mark World Aids Day on Thursday.

The health department recently released the national HIV prevalence survey results from 2010.

These showed an increase in prevalence among older women, most noticeably in the 45 to 49 year age group.

If the country wanted to reach the millennium development goal of halving the HIV infection rate by 2014, more needed to be done, Goqwana said.

It was important for citizens to know their HIV status so that they could get the necessary help should they be infected.

Even though strides had been made to fight stigmatisation, it was still a reality for HIV-infected people.

"As long as we still stigmatise HIV, people will run away from being tested and we as legislators need to be the leaders and pioneers in de-stigmatising HIV," he said.

Comments
  • RiaanPret - 2011-11-30 19:38

    society needed to "relook at their morals and question why young children were engaging in sexual activities". I have the answer: Bad parenting and not being a good Role Model.

  • frangelico - 2011-11-30 19:49

    just so you know sex education or a form thereof way back in 1990,but it is a known fact that today children are very ill dicilined at home which in turn spills out at school.I firmly believe in corporal punishment for boys & detention for girls. My boys are well adjusted men today,corporal punishment did them no harm,but of course today we have the race issue thus we are spawning a generation of permissive illmannered youth.

  • bernpm - 2011-11-30 19:51

    With Mr Zuma as a model.......?? What to expect from state driven sex education??

  • Daphne - 2011-11-30 20:32

    With the increase in HIV prevalence in older persons - maybe the information to young AND old need to be more relevant; maybe we should ALL talk more openly about sexuality, the ignorance and judgmental attitide of my own peers scare me (the 50-ish bunch)

      JuditVictor - 2011-12-01 09:55

      Daphne, could you please explain what kind of ignorance you're referring to here. Would appreciate.

      Erena - 2011-12-29 17:16

      @Daphne - HIV prevalence in older persons, good grief you are obviously uninformed. We have young streetchildren that have died of Aids. We have many young schoolchildren with this illness. This debating just carries on with the Thabo Mbeki legacy.

  • Johan Britz - 2011-11-30 20:38

    Um, no? They get pregnant because they get paid to. The solution to this is not to give sex education, but to stop miscellaneous pomping by stopping baby grants.

  • Prec - 2011-11-30 21:31

    I am a primary school teacher - in the past 18 months three of our learners have been hit by cars. One of them had severe head injuries and is now blind. Please bring back ROAD SAFETY - the main focus of Life Orientation in schools has been sex, Aids, molestation in the past decade - yes, HIV/Aids can kill you but so can cars and at primary school level it is more important that you can cross a road safely and distinguish between roadworthy and non-roadworthy taxis.

      JuditVictor - 2011-12-01 09:58

      Prec, I absolutely despise this subject Life Orientation - again it's meddling with my child's private body and mind. It's a BS subject. Can they not put in an extra half hour's worth of science or something. The kids will benefit exponentially more.

  • leah.molatseli - 2011-11-30 23:52

    What??? They are already doing incredibly exceptional work on the "normal" curriculum, how will they ever manage on sex education.... Like really now. Department where ther is a lack of teachers, over-crowded classrooms, bullying, drugs @ school. How will they ever cope??

  • brionyl.french - 2011-12-01 06:47

    The lesson here folks who have kids, Its not do as i say, but do as i do, we all learnt by watching something or someone, We have all at some stage walked in on someone having sex, So what im saying is basically, take ownership for your childs virginity and show them through your actions how to perserve it until you have met the right person...

  • Tina - 2011-12-01 06:47

    Why don't we just let children stay at school 24 hours from date of birth that way parents can always "have a break" and take no responsibility for their children, moral or other wise. Then they can also blame the teachers for everything that goes wrong and sit back with a satisfied grin because they weren't involved. Some issues should be dealt with at home but we have changed into a pass the buck society that takes responsibility for nothing.

  • MarkH - 2011-12-01 09:09

    You actually need to introduce parental guidance education and thus prevent unemployed, disease-ridden people from having more children than the taxpayers can support. If you want to solve the problem attack the causes, don't band aid the result and whilst you're at it place more emphasis on WORKING than on standing in queues waiting for handouts. I know that sounds silly but brother, so do you.

  • Marc - 2011-12-01 10:00

    The diagnosis and focus is all wrong. Sexual promiscuity is not a symptom of something addressed by sex education. The cause is far deeper and wide ranging. There are many other symptoms resulting from the same deep-rooted cause. If you have recurring headaches, the cure is not more and more asprin, but maybe something spinal that is causing other problems as well. These children don't need "sex education". They need a PROPER education that produces critical thinking, practical reasoning, and correct (logical) judgment -- the kinds of skills an educated citizenry needs, and which the ANC is probably afraid of.

  • Humbulani - 2011-12-01 10:30

    children are almost exposed to sex everyday ,the fact is that there is to much sex on tv and as a children watching it daily without parents supervision,teaching them sex education at an earlyb age can help them

  • TawwaTienie - 2011-12-06 11:09

    Wasting TAX money. Schools are there to teach children on their future vocational education and technical trainings. Parents must take responsibility to teach them about sex and related facts of life, not the Government. Government can not be in control of family lifes and their believes.

  • Gerhard de Koker - 2013-03-02 21:36

    To WatchOUT Values Education NPC, say NO and make ALARM for bullying, drugs and sexual exploitation of children. The Value of Values: Bullying, drugs and sexual exploitation of children and other behavioral problems among children and youth are a symptom and not the root cause. Values are the root cause for these issues. Watch Out says that good habits protect learners from these behavioral problems. Habits are practiced from a believe system, derived from our values.

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