Pregnant matriculants to have standby vehicle ready during exams?

2015-11-11 06:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Department of Education has released a statement saying that families should have a standby vehicle ready at the school if their child, who is writing matric exams, is pregnant.

DoE spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said this is a plan the DoE and Social Development and Health have agreed on in case the child goes into labour during exams.

“In the past years we have had bad experiences of pregnant pupils having an emergency in class.

“This year we discussed with other departments what can be done to avoid any disturbance to other pupils should the pregnant pupil have an emergency,” said Mahlambi.

“Firstly, we condemn the preg- nancy­ of pupils, but the reality is that we do have those who failed to wait. So we had to come up with a third plan, however, its not the responsibility of the school to organise a car,” said Mahlambi­.

Mahlambi said exam time is different from normal school time where sometimes pupils ask to be excused more than four times in one lesson.

During examinations pupils are not allowed to leave the room.

“A pregnant girl cannot go for three hours without having to go to the toilet, so to avoid problems and disturbing others we ask teachers to make them aware that pregnant pupils might have to leave the class often and they shouldn’t feel disturbed.”

Mahlambi said an arrangement has been made with the Department of Health that should there be an emergency with a pregnant pupil they must attend to her immediately.

The department said that invigilators should be taught basic emergency care skills in case of an emergency during exams.

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