Comments invited on policy

2018-07-11 06:01

The Department of Basic Education has extended the deadline to 30 July for comments from the public on a policy that seeks to educate learners about abortion and pregnancy prevention.

The policy will be introduced as part of the school curriculum. The department cites the alarming pregnancy rates for introduction of the policy.

It stated teenage pregnancy has become “a major social, systemic and fiscal challenge” not only for the basic education sector but for national development in general.

The policy seeks to ensure the accessible provision of information on prevention; choice of termination of pregnancy; care, counselling and support; frameworks for impact mitigation; and guidelines for systemic management and implementation.

  • “It commits the basic education system and other role players to providing comprehensive sexuality education, crucial to optimal sexual and reproductive health,” the department stated. Read the document on www.education.org.za. Interested parties are invited to send comment via email (pregnancypolicy@dbe.gov.za) or to fax (012-328-8401).
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