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Teen sex rife in Eastern Cape schools

2012-05-07 08:57

East London - More than 70% of Grade 11 and 12 pupils who admitted to being sexually active in an Eastern Cape survey do not practise safe sex, it was reported on Monday.

The Saturday Dispatch in East London surveyed 500 teenagers from schools across the city.

The children were asked to fill in a questionnaire. Their answers showed that 51% were sexually active and, of those, 72% were practising unsafe sex.

Aubrey Lackay, principal of John Bisseker Secondary School in Parkside, was quoted saying that teenage pregnancy was so common he was allowing teen mothers to breastfeed at school. The problem was caused by social ills in the area, with broken homes playing a big role, he told the Saturday Dispatch.

“Their homes are small and they get to see adults having sex and they want to try it themselves."

A school could teach sex education, but what happened outside school reflected what was happening in society, he said.

Alphendale High School teacher Wendy Minnie said peer pressure to become sexually active was rife. According to the survey 18% of respondents felt pressurised to have sex.

“It’s a bad situation. The pupils who are sexually active call others names like tin-womb because they do not have kids yet and this puts them under unnecessary pressure,” Minnie told the newspaper.

“We preach abstinence all the time, but we are losing the fight.

Comments
  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-07 09:08

    Complete failure of sexual education in our schools.

      ianon.ym - 2012-05-07 09:29

      "Complete Failure" - Full Stop!

      Andrew - 2012-05-07 09:35

      complete faiure of everything in the Eastern Cape!! If you tried to stuff things up on purpose you couldn't do it better the ANC has done in that province!!!

      Arthur - 2012-05-07 09:58

      Our current president being a great role model of course...

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 11:35

      a lot of literature also suggest a similar pandemic in all corners of SA!

      Louis - 2012-05-07 13:12

      It's their culture

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 13:34

      HIV should have been nipped in the bud from the beginning under apartheid! But that governemnt only cared when it was still a disease in the white population and when it jumped over to the black population they did not and may have precipitated it's spread. This is evidenced in the condom issue; 6 million produced by the apartheid governemnt and SA's population was 40 million! And they were scarcely available in black areas! Black people only knew of condoms widely when the ANC came and 126 million condoms were produced in one year for a population of 40 million! There were failures then, there are failures now

      Dave - 2012-05-07 14:29

      @Louis, Or lack thereof.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 14:33

      Vor, what the hell has the old government got to do with your kids having sex at school age?. Man some of you are really bitten by the racism snake.

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 14:50

      @ Jacqui - the old government has nothing to do with underage sex, nor does this one! But it has something to do with where we find ourselves currently with more people living with HIV in South Africa. But most of you are too happy to just say it was all the ANC when the disease came into South Africa in the 1980's and increased rapidly in the early 90's before slowing down in the begining of the naughties! And I was not racist at all, just mapping out the epidemiology of HIV in SA

      Wim - 2012-05-08 15:46

      @ VOR: In your extensive reading about HIV/AIDS did you come across the suggestion that 90% of the returning ANC cadres were HIV+? That would most certainly explain why HIV mushroomed in the 1990. The previous Government didn't do much about it because a that time we did not have the liberators doing what they do best. And don't you think the previous government would gladly have promoted condom use in view of the mushrooming black population? Clearly the current regimes distribution of free condoms have little effect on the spread of HIV and teenage pregnancies. In short, your anti white fantasies hold no water.

      Lungi - 2012-06-13 09:55

      90% of returning exiles were HIV positive...really, where did you pull those statistics? The battle against the inefficiencies in government need not be reduced to gutter statistics and denigration of our freedom fighters, those people made huge sacrifices to bring about the South Africa you should be proud, no, grateful it exists in its current form (it could be worse). Think about it...

      jannie.devos.56 - 2012-08-14 16:46

      Ouch, Michael! That's a bit harsh! Casual teenage sex indicates loose/bad morals. Is it really the school's duty to teach good morals? I should think that the onus is more on the parents to teach their kids descent morals than on the school. Surely the schools can't take the blame for everything.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-07 09:11

    "Safe sex" is practised by the educated... wow, that line says a lot if i do say so myself!

  • Peter - 2012-05-07 09:17

    And your shocked by this? they dont get educated because the ANC is useless, they dont know any better its no ones fault but governments.

      yusuf.rildwanabiayo - 2012-05-07 09:54

      Why everyone blem government? please parents you have alot to do because some of parents are not there to teach their children and they want teachers or government to do that for them.i dont plem those teen because some of whom call there self parent also have a baby at age of 17 18yrs.So the lack of parenthood is affect most.Please parents let join hand together with government to train those teen because they're de future government.

      yusuf.rildwanabiayo - 2012-05-07 09:55

      Why everyone blem government? please parents you have alot to do because some of parents are not there to teach their children and they want teachers or government to do that for them.i dont plem those teen because some of whom call there self parent also have a baby at age of 17 18yrs.So the lack of parenthood is affect most.Please parents let join hand together with government to train those teen because they're de future government.

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 11:41

      That is false! The governemnt, in a lot of literature has been shown to take some measures to address the problem! And of course the problem is much deeper and complex than you perceive...like I've covered literature that show that in the 90's when HIV rates were highest there were 126 million condoms (a 120 million rise from when the ANC took over might i add) were made available for a population of 40 million and still condom use remained inconsistent thereby increasing likelihood of spreading! Dont simply just blame the government that's sluggish thinking. If you like I have about 50 references I can give you to read so you can get clued up

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 12:25

      @VOR, thanks for your valuable input. People hate researching and very quick to blame.

      Buzz - 2012-05-07 12:35

      The problem VOR, is that the condoms were stapled to the leaflets... Go figure.

      Peter - 2012-05-07 13:05

      @VOR, Please it has everything to do with them. They control education in the country.... hello? How are the parents who probably werent educated at school either going to teach their children about safe sex and STDS etc when they dont know any better themselves? The students go to schools in mudhuts in some EC schools, and you think that has nothing to do with the way they act? Why do you not go around having sex randomly? is it because your parents told you to or because you were taught about the consequences, about AIDS and STDS at school?

      Peter - 2012-05-07 13:08

      @siyadyosiba, dude... practice what you preach. Your the fattest racist on here and you refuse to use any logic when your arguments are directed towards white people

      Peter - 2012-05-07 13:10

      @VOR, oh and by the way in literature the government has made billions off us tax payers that doesn't mean they did anything meaningful with the money now doesn't it. "and still condom use remained inconsistent thereby increasing likelihood of spreading!" yea because they arent educated.... duh

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 13:22

      Peter - I have read a lot of literature showing that there were countless education campaigns raising awareness about HIV/AIDS some endorsed by the governemtn and some by NGO's, and the ANC government made more condoms available to people, they even tried to remove the stigma of testing by asking a few high profile people to disclose their stautses! This lead to the sad case of a HIV+ woman who was lynched by a mob in the 90's! People were afradi of this and were intolerant of anyone who had it! So despite governemnt efforts condom use remained inconsistent, and testing remained infrequent, meanwhile promiscuity increased! You cannot blame the government for what people do and for psychocultural attitudes. IF the government did give enough condoms then fair enough blame them! I blame Dlamini-Zuma for endorsing new drug 'virodene' over tried and tested drugs...I know her goal was for SA to produce it's own drugs to avoid the inflated costs of importing them but while that was being developed other drugs should have been made available asap! Now we are in a position where SA produced drugs are efficient enough to do the job.

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 13:24

      But you cant fault the government on it's awareness raising started in the mid 90's because they've done a lot of it and individuals just did not adapt immediately. And there's no evidence to suggest that knowledge and education about HIV will lead to behavioural change

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 13:26

      I mean if the governemnt DID NOT give enough condoms

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 14:34

      They see their President having more wives and children than brains, what a role model he is.

  • Thoka - 2012-05-07 09:20

    unbelievable. shocking survey. I remember having cd's in my wallet at that age

  • Bryan - 2012-05-07 09:20

    The Eastern Cape is in a complete shambles from A-Z... Breastfeeding at school??? Well done ANC.. Give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.... Frikken parasites!!!!

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-07 09:44

      ill even 'like' that comment in writing!

      Tumelo - 2012-05-07 11:14

      I think you are obsessed with the ANC! These kids made their own choice to be sexually active!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 12:02

      HAHAHAHAH @ Tumelo, I'm sure when his kids sh$t themselves he blames ANC.

  • Vic - 2012-05-07 09:21

    I guess WC will bear the brunt of a massive influx of " refugees" from EC, just to get sex education.

  • Rob - 2012-05-07 09:22

    mmmm! Isn't this following the example set by our icons of society. Consider also that it simply isn't enough that leaders behave in a responsible manner....THEY ALSO HAVE TO COMMUNICATE that world-view. Don't think for one minute that this is a South African only problem! But SA has enough problems already....!!!!!

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-05-07 09:29

    17000 pregnancies in KZN schools in 2011 , thats the 17 times the entire number of pupils in my high school when I was there and people look for answers to why we have social ills , unemployment , poor education, HIV ect.

  • sihlemlambo - 2012-05-07 09:36

    This is saddening

  • grantdean10 - 2012-05-07 09:38

    Whats has happened to the biblical principles????? I weep for these peoples souls!!!!

      Dakey - 2012-05-07 12:21

      As you can see from your negative 'thumbs', many folk don't want Biblical principles to interfere in their lives. Why do you think so many reject the notion of abstinence and promote the use of contraceptives, even to 13,14 year olds?

      Amazed - 2012-05-07 15:40

      Bring back prayers at schools, Corporal punishment,limit Club culture programmes on tv,Ban DJ ads iro their gigs week in week out.Parents to start making sure all kids are at home after school,They can go play outside but they must be home latest 6 pm daily. As they play there must be somebody who always make sure that they are just playing.This is how we were brought up and it worked,We hated corporal punishment but gees it worked.At least most of us started being sexually active after 21 even after those famous 21st birthday party it was normal to go on until 23 or so.We have adopted white cultures is not funny and the saddest thing is that white people start dating young but they dont really rush in bed and we copied this but went overboard.Hae most of us grew up in 4 room houses but we never wanted to emulate what our parents we doing,There was always the main bedroom but as kids we respected our parents privacy.Honestly as parents we need to go back to parenting the rights etc as corrupted our world. Yes i do not advocate abuse but we need to take responsibility and spank were necessary.Personally i dont spare the rod i am not sure how my kids will turn up but i will not abdicate my responsibility to do what is right.I dont do those sleep over things,My kids meet their friend at the mall at the end of the day each one to her house.

  • Vusi - 2012-05-07 09:39

    ARVs should not be free anymore. This is shocking and irresponsible. Let them die of AIDS. Condoms are free!! Sex education is free!! I say let them suffer the consequences

      Ze Don - 2012-05-07 10:12

      Our health system will still have to bear the cost of their irresponsibility.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-07 10:25

      Every cent spend on ARV's is a cent wasted. It could've being used on education. Mbeki were not so stupid, he knew that it can not be maintained.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 12:11

      Oh Koos again with your non sense. How many people lives have been saved by ARVs? Millions. Please stop your bull.

      Tumelo - 2012-05-07 12:15

      Eeh Mavusana, not to condone teen sex, but you are heartless!

      Vusi - 2012-05-07 12:48

      @Tumelo. You can call me whatever you like. Every newspaper, TV station, radio station and AIDS activist preaches about AIDS everyday. USE CONDOMS OR DIE OF AIDS. What do people do, they choose to die of AIDS! Condoms are cheaper than ARVs and pampers. Abstain, do not fornicate. If you choose to have sex because it's your right and your life, then protect yourself, it's free!! 2 minutes of being irresponsible could cost you your life!!!

      josephinah.jiyana - 2012-05-07 12:54

      how about those who are victicm of HIV/AIDS and they poor not working wr will deY get money 2 pay for those ARV'S?

      Peter - 2012-05-07 14:07

      @siyadyosiba how many lives have been saved by ARVs you ask? 0!!!! Naught nix nothing. its not a cure it just prolongs their lives a couple of years

  • Faizie - 2012-05-07 09:44

    See I blame on the europeans, condoms are a white conspiracy to reduce the voting numbers for the ANC

      Brett - 2012-05-07 10:46

      Hahahahaha!!!!!! And you actualy got some thumbs up!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 12:12

      Thumbs up? Damn this forum is sick

  • juan.persent - 2012-05-07 09:44

    society is failing our kids today. parents neglect them by not teaching them to be responsible. education begins at home.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-07 10:26

      Is it not because kids are having kids before they are adults?

  • maggsie - 2012-05-07 09:48

    Sad!

      siphosethu.sigidi - 2012-05-07 13:38

      Dis world is so scary

  • Brett - 2012-05-07 09:57

    Oh well when these students fail to complete their education and are stuck in a shack with many mouths to feed they can always blame apartheid.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-07 10:27

      And get a grant as payment for their failure. Grants are not supposed to be like that.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 12:14

      @Koos, I agree with you there.

  • Bruce - 2012-05-07 09:59

    Preaching abstinence has never worked. Maybe introducing them to people, even celebraties who are HIV positive, so they can see it can happen to anyone. For that of course we need to remove the stigma first, and have some courageous people come forward and disclose their status/

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-07 10:32

      It will not work. We should have pictures on lamp posts of dying AIDS sufferers. It is harsh but then how do you get through to idiots. Shock therapy? The other not so popular point is culture.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-07 10:35

      On the culture point just this. Look at the woman that is involved with zoomer. They are 'educated' but still have sex with a man that admitted that he had sex with a HIV positive woman.

      Henk Venter - 2012-05-07 11:11

      Koos, a truly sad commentary is that sticking pictures on lampposts will be about as effective as the "smoking harms your health" messages on cigarette packets or showing of smoker vs. non-smoker lungs. If that would ever work, nobody would be smoking. The same goes for this particular issue. Abstinence would seriously hamper the spread of the disease and is the best advice, indeed, but it will always be the unpopular choice. Sometimes, people just have to experience the suffering, and unfortunately that means that a lot of innocent children will bear the consequences for the popular choice...

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 11:49

      believe me all of these kids probably know of someone who has HIV/AIDS! literature suggests that the assumption that if you equip people with enough knowledge it will lead behavioural change has not been corroborated everywhere. And in some societies stigmas arose as an accidental by-product of medical interventions and prevention campaigns that stir up fear, hopelessness and a sense of this 'thing' is inevitable! But we do need to interventions but also stigmas can be barriers to behavioural change! So as you can see this problem is complex and there's no one right answer! Even having people come forward to disclose their status (including celebrities), it was tried before by the Mandela-Mbeki government! And it failed because ultimately people did not want to see symbols of this disease as part of their social group! And really to understand this you have to look at social identity theory! Like I say, no one understands these problems but every study seems to highlight them which really does little to solve it!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 12:18

      @Bruce, good idea.

      Ze Don - 2012-05-07 12:34

      Only one country has managed to drastically reduce AIDS infections and that is Cuba (of all places). Go look it up... their solution wouldn't work here though.

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 12:56

      Ze Don - i dont think you can compare SA's case to any other country because the circumstances surrounding HIV in SA are markedly different! Indeed the rate of HIV infection and spread in SA is actually unnatural, a 40% increase in prevalence over a single year is unbelievable but this happened in the 90's! When I was doing my diss research (although I did not use it in my final report) I was just constantly saddened as I discovered allegations (that to me seemed valid) that contributing to the rapid spread was deliberate infections of women attending antenatal clinics in the late 80's and early 90's. Immigration & employment policies (this was called 'circular migration') in the late 80's and early 90's may have also contributed to the rapid spread as more working men found comfort in prostitutes which they used without a condom because there werent enough of them really! The governemnt up until 1994 only produced 6 million condoms for a population of 40 million! Clearly their plan was not to ensure everyone was safe, just some and you can be who had most access to these sparcely available condoms! And then came the Mbeki government which actually did try to spread the word and curb infections but there seemed to be some controversy with Dlamini-Zuma who was lambasted for approving the production of 'virodene' which was criticised for it's efficacy! She should have endorsed already available and proven (although expensive) drugs to atleast prevent vertical transmittion

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 14:40

      Zedon, rubbish. Europe manages AIDS very well. Cuba is a closed society, so their AIDS problem was less to start with.

      Wim - 2012-05-08 18:17

      @VOR So the population remained constant from 1994 to 2008? You should use better sources. Or perhaps it was all those condoms and Mbekis AIDS denialism that curb the population growth?

  • mabotseba - 2012-05-07 10:09

    we cant just leave the burden of 'sex education' on the teachers ....where the hell are the parents? Why are they not teaching their kids about the risks of being sexually active. We cant blame the government for tewns deciding to drop their panties....seriously now...lol.

  • Adrian Jack - 2012-05-07 10:09

    The government must plead guilty. Discipline your child and they charge you for abuse. Sick laws.

  • Phae - 2012-05-07 10:13

    Think about it, an entire family living in one room. There's hardly any of us who have ever had to live like that unless on a camping trip! Stop this mind numbing lack of comprehension and compassion as to what these kids are exposed to, and by the way education is not the cure all for every single social problem, you guys have proved that!

      Gert - 2012-05-07 14:20

      If you plan to have one kid or so then the parents can give the child a better life but the parents are setting the example and the kids will do the same--they the kids will pomp and also land in a one room shack and the vicious circle continues and the people like you will blame it on one room.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 14:44

      Phae, we can have all the compassion we want, and I do. But living in a one room dwelling where father and mother practices sex and no condom in sight makes things look very normal to these youngsters. Add to that the siblings being born every year and that also look normal to them. Parents need education as much as there children do. But no one is giving it to them.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-07 10:21

    Typical of their mentality as reflected in their school results. No domestic or school discipline. Pity the west developed ARV's as more would drop like flies which would hopefu;;y make them wake up.

      Arthur - 2012-05-07 10:27

      "It'll never happen to me" mentality sadly.

      mabotseba - 2012-05-07 10:31

      really Andrew? \pity the west developed ARV's\....you should be ashamed of your racist comments....sies man.

      Eric - 2012-05-07 15:38

      haha. Another Jessica Leandra...Too many of them with sub standard IQ

  • Heinrich Schwella - 2012-05-07 10:28

    Comparing the EC situation (including the failure of the education system) then to what is happening in China and one cannot but fear the coming of the chinese-dragon-era. http://bit.ly/JhsBJM shows Chinese students studying on government subsidised IV drips for their final exams.

  • Vuyo - 2012-05-07 10:39

    This issue is not a racial thing.I have been to almost all the provinces in SA and teenagers all over r doing the same thing. This isn't about xhosa vs zulu, some peoples comments are really alarming. Instead of playing the blaming game we should try finding a solution. Kzn just like Ec has one of the highest hiv rate and our president who is from kzn admitted to having unprotected sex without using a condom. If our president doesn't use protection how do you expect the young ones growing up to do.

  • Tracy - 2012-05-07 10:45

    One thing stated in the Dispatch that they did not mention here is that in one Grade 11 class of 12 learners, only 1 was not a parent. Also, the youngest they found who had lost their virginity, was a 9 year old boy!!! Some Grade 1s have a game they play called 'Rape, Rape'. Now where did these little tykes learn this? Some kids younger then my son make up rap songs about rape and sex, etc. Where are their parents? I talk to my 13 year old about this all the time to where he now just says "Yes, Mom, I know already." with a big sigh. I don't care if he knows or sighs, it will be drummed into him until he is an adult and can make his own INFORMED choices. He has been taught at home all the dangers of sex. Why always leave this to the schools and the teachers? Don't they have enough on their hands already?

      thabile.balani - 2012-08-14 15:18

      thats the best weapon tj because realy the teachers can do so much and its important that the child knows that some of the things which are deemed acceptable at school myt not be right and as a kid your parents will tell you wht is n wt is nt allowed at home as they are the ones doing almost everything fo the children.

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-07 10:54

    The truth and the SAD part is, Children are educating their parents nowadays. They demand and the parents supply.

  • Colin - 2012-05-07 11:15

    they are just following the example set out by Their president Mr Jacob Zuma. do you honestly expect anything different?

  • Ngaka - 2012-05-07 11:18

    STOP DELETING MY COMMENTS!!

      Ngaka - 2012-05-07 11:42

      Way to go, bro....I am tired of this :).

  • Wikus - 2012-05-07 11:21

    Great job Zuma

  • lance.ernest - 2012-05-07 11:23

    BREASTFEEDING TEENS AT SKUL.

  • Phiwe - 2012-05-07 11:32

    How ironic I just completed a 50 page dissertation on kind of this topic in the eastern cape...yes teenage sex and pregnancy is on the rise and young people in general have more sex, are more promiscuous and test infrequently for HIV/STD. And as I suspected people simplify the problem...merely preaching abstinence and usign the good book wont help, sexual education to an extent can help but not in a big way because really people dont understand why these young people take such risks (which they are with HIV rife). Everyone seems to be good at identifying the problem but no one wants to understand it...and they expect to solve it! This was the focus of my diss; to understand why these behaviours persist and not to just dismiss it as stupid and irrational! You'd be surprised to find a lot of rationality behind such decisions.

      Ngaka - 2012-05-07 12:10

      There are quite a number factors contributing to this and are as follows: 1.Lack of role models 2.Peer pressure 3.Fear of the unknown 4.Naughtiness 5.Rape 6.Drunkness 7.Substance abuse 8.Lack of love 9.Jacob Zuma

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 12:21

      Please give us a synopsis of the findings.

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 12:32

      factors contributing to increase in these behaviours? the only worthwhile points from that list are peer pressure and substance abuse (including drunkeness)! As for the fear of unknown...well you'd be hard pressed to find anyone in SA who doesnt know about HIV and that you can get it from unprotected sex so much it's being shoved down our throats! everyone knows but knowing doesnt lead to behavioural adaptations which is what we need. Certainly rape and substance abuse put people at risk of infection because a lot of unprotected sex occurs in these circumstances! Also within relationships with primary partners as condom use often serves as a signal of infedelity and untrustworthiness and lack of love and commitment! Inconsistent condom use would fine and safe with a trusted long term partner, if it were not for people's desires to be more promiscuous (which i assume is what you meant by naughtiness). You have to understand why promiscuity, inconsistent condom use and infrequent testing persists in a dangerous and unpredictable environment where engaging in any of those behaviours could leave one exposed to greater risk of infection. If peopel perceive that the environment is dangerous and unpredictable then you'd see a rise in these behaviours as people respond to selection pressure! Life history theory also reveals that in dangerous and unpredictable environments girls mature earlier than they would if the environment was safe & predictable.

      Phiwe - 2012-05-07 12:40

      when an environment is dangerous and unpredictable then the best reproductive strategy is to reproduce early and if the environment is safe delayed reproduction is best because that increases reproductive fitness. You can see this anywhere - people often scratch their heads when they see poor, impoverished people having more children than rich people, why? Because people respond to envrionmental pressure. In SA the environment is dangerous and unpredictable and really no one is promised tomorrow! so a delayed reproductive strategy is not the best one to maximise fitness but reproductive urgency is the best strategy in such an envrionment! And this is what you are seeing happening in SA - more high risk behaviorus not because people are stupid or uneducated but because they respond to their natural environment to their biology, etc.

  • Gilbert - 2012-05-07 11:53

    Parent

  • Dakey - 2012-05-07 12:18

    The problem here is that no-one will admit that regardless of how much you promote safe-sex it will never work in a 3rd world country like ours. It has nothing to do with 'educating' youth, they're well aware of the repercussions and consequences. Who cares about being responsible when you have little/nothing to live for?

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-07 12:44

    Well there is something that has been done to reduce things like this incident at schools, these teens donnot want to listen period. Yeah sex education bot that much tought in other areas but no man, what about morals, do they even attend church? No.

  • Ntando - 2012-05-07 12:49

    GIVE THOSE GIRLS A 'BELLS'.... Lol. Condoms, i meant.

  • siphosethu.sigidi - 2012-05-07 13:49

    HIV/AIDS brings something pleasurable

  • noelle14 - 2012-05-07 14:00

    this is shocking - not only complete failure of sex ed but complete failure of parents! My folks spoke to me about sex and openly so I understood it, the consequences, what could happen, how, everything - it's still so hush hush and to just turn a blind eye and let them breast feed in class - this is not helping the sit-it is encouraging it - wow how times have changed!! What shocks me even more is in times like this to be having unsafe sex - that is where the real danger lies... what a disaster!!

  • Dinonofopico - 2012-05-07 14:01

    kids dont belong to the state. who should teach young people about sex, first it should be your parents and parents must teach them responsibilty too, it seems to me people like to shift the blame, how iresponsible is that?

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 14:13

    Maybe if they ask Wouter Basson to mix some dupa that will take away that focus--only then can they study and focus on the fantastic world of science and mathematics, but yes Zuma set the example--they will have 20 lovers now instead of one at a time. This is a country of shame --This and corruption and low values.

  • Rob - 2012-05-07 14:25

    Breeders breed...It's a natural progression for this lot !

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-07 14:30

    All that sex on their mobile phones. All that sex everywhere, of course they want to try it. If and when the baby comes, they get a grant and grandma can look after the baby. Moral of the story?. There are no morals amongst some of us and so it is..

  • Josie - 2012-05-07 14:34

    It is well known and documented fact that communism, (struggle war for freedom) slogan was to use the womb. Impregnate as many women as possible to provide future cannon fodder and voters. It is also part of the black mans culture skin to skin, they do not like to use condoms.

      Barefoot - 2012-05-07 15:08

      My first thought was to call you names- but then i realized i want to be better than you, 'you' in it's singular for- i feel sorry for you the stressed caused by hating people that don't even care whether you are alive or dead, he'll they most probably don't notice you, you are insignificant, a a grain of rice in bag, even a fly is of more use than you, it contributes something to the ecosystem, you are just a piece of oxygen wasting biomass you don't not deserve to be classified as a human being, a cockroach has more character and dignit than you they do not hide behind aliases to do stupid things they just do

      thabile.balani - 2012-08-14 15:25

      you are a sick bustard because this is a concern for the country as a whole not a race issue,did whites that we watched in sex films used condoms?not everyone is irresponsible because of skin colour sies man please grow up.

  • Flynn - 2012-05-07 14:54

    Peer pressure - yes but education on topics like this will definitely decrease the numbers. Educating these youngsters is based on collective information from schools and most importantly the parents. Remember you chosed to have children - you should be responsible enough to teach your kids the correct ways in life

  • Rob - 2012-05-07 15:06

    There seems to be a thread running through these comments that 'somebody/something'else is to blame for the behaviours of the kids.... I think that if there is any value in those statements it comes down to one thing. Accountability, or a lack of it! And I mean that in a totally general sense. Almost everything discussed on NEWS 24 tells a strory of a lack of accountability for individual actions, whether it be municipal services or corruption or policing...always it is impossible to see much in the way of individual accountability. I would think that any child growing up in a sityation where the principles ar "anything goes" is unlikely to develop a sense of value for preservation or delayed gratification. Even more, if your mindset is JUST DO IT....NOW, you are hardly likely to insist on precautions. I'm sure that there are exceptions, but the stats seem to prove a point.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-07 15:10

    what do you expect when you get tits like malemmer running around saying - make one for the country

      thabile.balani - 2012-08-14 15:27

      the fact that you have time to take wt he says criously tells me somethng abt u

  • Amazed - 2012-05-07 15:14

    Bring back prayers at schools, Corporal punishment,limit Club culture programmes on tv,Ban DJ ads iro their gigs week in week out.Parents to start making sure all kids are at home after school,They can go play outside but they must be home latest 6 pm daily. As they play there must be somebody who always make sure that they are just playing.This is how we were brought up and it worked,We hated corporal punishment but gees it worked.At least most of us started being sexually active after 21 even after those famous 21st birthday party it was normal to go on until 23 or so.We have adopted white cultures is not funny and the saddest thing is that white people start dating young but they dont really rush in bed and we copied this but went overboard.Hae most of us grew up in 4 room houses but we never wanted to emulate what our parents we doing,There was always the main bedroom but as kids we respected our parents privacy.Honestly as parents we need to go back to parenting the rights etc as corrupted our world. Yes i do not advocate abuse but we need to take responsibility and spank were necessary.Personally i dont spare the rod i am not sure how my kids will turn up but i will not abdicate my responsibility to do what is right.I dont do those sleep over things,My kids meet their friend at the mall at the end of the day each one to her house.

  • johan.lotz1 - 2012-05-07 15:34

    Sex education starts at home.Parents should not put their responsibility on the shoulders of teachers The role of teachers (regarding Sex education) is only to support your education not to do it for you.

  • Eric - 2012-05-07 15:44

    And I guess we cant blame this on poor education? I mean the parents themselves dont know about AIDS cause they are uneducated fools. How about lack of family values (where on earth would they have learned that). Unlike our better coloured citizens we dont grow up with our parents. They are in town working for the madam and sir and we are in the EC teaching ourselves about life

      Monica - 2012-05-09 05:56

      Yes,i think parents must take their own responsibility of our teens coz i guse education started at home we can not blame teachers any more.

      thabile.balani - 2012-08-14 15:29

      calling parents fools is realy stooping low in its worst form,parents will always be parents irrespective of being educated o not

  • Jim - 2012-05-07 15:46

    I theenk wee can blame thees on apartheid... yes..

  • Johan - 2012-05-07 17:11

    Where are those traditional leaders? Should they not step in and do something about it?

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-05-07 18:12

    I think Darwin was right about evolution. Some have just not evolved beyond caveman level.

  • Nyiko - 2012-05-07 21:54

    lack of knowledge corrupt the world,i kinda think like this issue can be address in the whole country to help the future generation