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Motshekga lectures parents on sex

2012-11-08 12:49

Bloemfontein - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has told Northern Cape parents that their children's sex lives are their problem and not the education department's, The Times reported on Thursday.

In a lecture on parental rights and duties, Motshekga told parents at a National Council of Provinces meeting in De Aar they could not "pass the buck" to her department when their children fell pregnant or became substance abusers.

"Teenage pregnancy is a problem imported to schools by homes and the community. [But] it's a department problem for us.

"They don't make sex at schools, they make sex at homes. This is a problem. There is something wrong that it now becomes my problem. We don't provide beds; we provide pens and books," she said.

A Statistics SA study this year revealed that 160 754 schoolgirls fell pregnant between July 2008 and July 2010.

According to the report Motshekga's rebuke was prompted by appeals from parents who wanted improved sex education in schools.

Comments
  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-08 12:58

    uneducated blob of nothing

      junior.mahlo.9 - 2012-11-08 15:05

      @ Kagiso: well she has a funny way of showing it... i thought she didn't pass her standard 5, this article is not even complete.... (city press) she also said that it is not her responsibility to deal with teachers who come to school drunk...and guess who she claim is responsible....SGB(School Governing Body). maybe she paid jojo to get her qualifications

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-11-08 15:16

      Parents are only appealing that their children be educated. It is a partnership with the realities of modern education where the children spend more time at school than at home. Why slam the parents who are being reasonable and responsible in asking that their children are educated to become sexually responsible. As I always say, only in SA-which touts itself as a so-called-progressive country- does one see this level of myopia on the part of government officials.

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-11-08 15:47

      @kagiso - you call her educated? She can't even string a basic sentence together using proper grammar. "They don't make sex at schools, they make sex at homes." How am I supposed to believe that she even passed primary school?

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 12:58

    I read this article twice to make sure I had read it properly. I can't believe the absolute BS motshekga speaks. There is hardly another person in this country that has the ability to pass the buck like she can. She is beyond useless, she has zero compassion,F-all responsibility and treats the Citizens of SA with disdain. I really need to probe her face with a baseball bat. Actually when I look at a picture of her I think maybe somebody beat me to it.

      infijar.ken - 2012-11-08 13:28

      This woman is a nut job and needs help. Just because nobody had sex with her at school, doesn't mean it doesn't occur (not to mention the rapes that occur). I presume theys till have bike sheds? As for substance abuse, didn't the Police Chief in Gauteng just admit, the other day, that substance abuse and selling at schools, is a major problem?

  • johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-11-08 12:59

    "we provide pens and books"... uhm, NOT !!!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 13:16

      I bet she used Google Earth to find out where the northern Cape is.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-08 13:01

    cape town schools provide sex education between 1991-1995 & allow girls to walk with baby dolls for 2mnths..it drop pregnancy 85% from 1991-1995 & if u think im lying..pls go do ur research..

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-08 14:56

      @Storm...this is to simple a solution for the ANC. However you may get their attention if you though-in a tender for the baby dolls.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-08 13:02

    Hear-hear, I agree. The kids must learn from the parents. But what if the parents are the last ones they should be learning from?

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 13:18

      @Kenpeg - I suppose when they have 10 or so siblings then maybe the parents shouldn't be giving out advise on sex.

      infijar.ken - 2012-11-08 13:31

      Schools should be responsible for the children from the moment they leave their homes in the morning, to the moment they walk through the front door in the afternoon/evening.

      stephen.reeves.908 - 2012-11-08 14:28

      @infinjar: No, Schools should not be responsible for kids from when they leave their homes till they return. They should be responsible for them from when they walk onto the school grounds in the morning, until they leave the school grounds.

      infijar.ken - 2012-11-08 15:37

      OK, maybe not for six year olds, but at what age are children responsible for their own routines? The problem nowadays is that parents have taken charge of delivering/picking up their children to/from schools, instead of leaving the responsibility to the school/child.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-11-08 13:02

    Well, quite obviously there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Maybe some basic education wrt to safe sex and respecting your body will help these teenagers? No?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-08 13:48

      Basic education wrt NO sex!!! But there is a fundamental problem - language. How do you convey the message if you tell the kids about the bêds and the bees?

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-08 13:03

    she says her department provide books & pens...HMMMM quick to frget...but actually she dont provide books..peanut brain..

  • ofentse.thole - 2012-11-08 13:03

    Has Angie for a moment thought that maybe.... just maybe.... learners and teachers get involved in such activities due to 'boredom' while awating TEXTBOOKS TO BE DELIVERED'????? Has she ever thought that maybe... just maybe.... the lack of sporting or any other extra-mural activies at most public schools might be contributing to this? What about the fact that there are no libraries and laboratories..... While I am NOT saying that parents do not have a role to play, I do think that Angie did not think at all before she opened her mouth! I'm utterly disappointed in her! Report Abuse...Cited fromRuralgirl@sowetanlive

      althea.meintjies - 2012-11-08 14:23

      I love what you just mentioned Ofentse, just yesterday we heard of a Principal who raped 28 young girls in his school, maybe the school is providing those beds after all in the form of desks and Principal's office. I do however feel that both parents and teachers are to be blamed equally.

  • lulama - 2012-11-08 13:03

    Agree on Parents must take responsibility for their kid's sexual behavior, disagree on providing textbooks.

  • Rob Allen - 2012-11-08 13:07

    is this oxygen thief responsible for anything!

  • esau.banyane - 2012-11-08 13:11

    she is failin the educatio dept n the SA, she doesnt know even if the parents can teach them. it ends up bing a national problem n that makes it her responsibility.

  • indianajohn - 2012-11-08 13:12

    A complete explanation of South Africa's downfall in one quote. "They don't make sex at schools, they make sex at homes." - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

      jason.daniels.96558 - 2012-11-08 13:32

      My thoughts exactly!!

      SchrodingersDragon - 2012-11-08 13:40

      I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at this, so I did a combination of both...

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-08 13:15

    No, it's the problem of everybody who sets a bad example to children, end of story. Stop shifting blame people, we all have a part to play!

  • nkulu.bgumede - 2012-11-08 13:17

    i'm lead to believe that "sex" is a sculpture that gets girls pregnant, since she made it clear "They don't make sex at schools, they make sex at homes..." lol.

  • napolita.kio - 2012-11-08 13:17

    In PRINCIPLE she is correct that the department (ought to) provide pens and books. However, in some provinces that has not been PRACTICALLY the case. PRINCIPALLY, MORALLY, and PRACTICALLY it is the parents' responsibility as regards to their kids' sexual behaviour.

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-11-08 13:19

    Clueless CADRES : VOTE DA

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-11-08 13:20

    some Limpopo school kid has just read this article and is now confused thinking, ''what books?''\r\n\r\ni thought by now someone would have been brought to book about that saga but hey, how do you bring someone to book if there isn't any

  • larabiance - 2012-11-08 13:21

    IS THIS AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE??? Seriously guys, you're a bit early!

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-08 13:22

    educate the children and let go of your sex talk.The children need their books.Don't sidestep your job.Stop being so dumb

  • tresor.mpika.9 - 2012-11-08 13:23

    i can't beleive this woman is still around, or i forgot mangaung is around the corner

  • Leigh-ann Kerr - 2012-11-08 13:25

    Could not Agree with the Minister any more!! If people want children, be sure you can raise them and guide them in the right direction!!

  • stuart.little.98284 - 2012-11-08 13:27

    maybe its time to educate the masses, lets start with government.

  • stand.firm.50 - 2012-11-08 13:28

    Are you serious Angie!!! seriously seriously Angie!!! from all the encouraging and serious issues you could I've talked about you chose this topic my word says much about your education. To the ANC please dont employ Morons in positions they clearly way over their heads in. Just because they lead in your organisation does not make them good leaders for this country!!!! Zuma PLEASE LEAVE!!!

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-08 13:29

    You Angie and Zuma are so bleeding stupid..Start talking sense.Stupid woman

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-08 13:29

    Are you the minister of sex now?Hot???

  • klebepe - 2012-11-08 13:31

    Nothing is ever her responsibility. She refused to take responsibility for the non delivery of textbook and stationery, never mind sex education. I do think that parents should take the bulk of the responsibility when.it comes to sex education.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-11-08 13:33

    ""They don't make sex at schools, they make sex at homes. This is a problem. There is something wrong that it now becomes my problem. We don't provide beds; we provide pens and books," she said." Erm, recent intelligence on that one is that the staircase is utilized and they start from the age of eight.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-08 13:34

    Sex education needs to be a subject in school and people need to be taught to be responsible for their actions. There is no need today for unwanted pregnancies, free condoms, injections and the pill is available just about everywhere. South Africa is encourages sex by providing grants. In the beginning grants were a blessing, now its a form of income. The more kids the better the income.

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-11-08 13:38

    Always thought that in this context one can 'have' sex or can 'make' love? English! The minister can speak in any one of our close to a dozen languages. What a 'lecture'!

  • victor.mendes1 - 2012-11-08 13:41

    "we provide pens and books" what a laugh! Can I lecture Motshekga on how to deliver text books on time?

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-08 13:44

    Heybo has she still got a job?

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-11-08 13:53

    For the first time I agree with Motshekga. Parents must start taking resposibility for their children. They made them they should look after them. Big problem in this country is that people does not want to take responsibility for their own actions.

  • carmen.gabriels - 2012-11-08 13:54

    "They don't make sex at schools, they make sex at homes" This women can't even speak English properly but she's Basic Education Minister OMW no wonder Education in this country is in shambles.

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-11-08 13:55

    I think Angie must understand that children dont do sex at school they do it at home. She must also know that SA is changing parents they work from 07h00 to 17h00, so if teacher dont take responsible why are we taking those children to school in the first place.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-08 13:58

    Education minister - 'make sex'. Very frightening. I think I would rather teach my own kids about 'making sex' - thank you.

  • zmvulane - 2012-11-08 14:02

    It wasn't a lecture but a response to a statement raised by a member of the public during the NCOP sitting in De Aar that \the Department of Basic Education is not doing enough to stop teenage pregnancy\!

  • Leah - 2012-11-08 14:09

    Angie, kids will make sex anywhere. even older people will. I agree with you that we as parents are responsible for sex education, but please keep your side of the bargain as well? Like the bit in providing books, we can still organise pens

  • rjledwaba - 2012-11-08 14:21

    And instead of concentrating on the issue at hand,we busy correcting her grammar

  • mmangaliso - 2012-11-08 14:25

    she get some anymore lol like Lance Witten

  • zacharias.delange - 2012-11-08 14:44

    lol, they don't MAKE sex...she is making no sense!!!

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-11-08 14:53

    160 754 schoolgirls fell pregnant between July 2008 and July 2010. She is correct this time - parents must control their kids by advising them , support them and not war. War will not make ur son or boy take advice from you never ever.

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-08 19:28

      sex education is part of school education!! but if theres no books at school..ofcoz the kids will go home earlier and educate themselves with sex

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-11-08 15:01

    Limpopo Testbooks delivery. The tortoise delivery methods, is it sleeping or resting.

  • Thabo Pilusa LikesUche'Okezié - 2012-11-08 15:10

    Revisit the Constitution and you will realize that parent's right to their own children in respect of discipline are limited. I guess Mathole Motshekga is your bother....!!!

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-08 16:36

    That is true minister, charity begins at home if parents can play their part in well grooming their children then they will all know what is right to do and what is wrong.Schools are places for education and not maternity.

  • lindo.nyembe - 2012-11-08 20:07

    Doesn't make sense why she is still the minister. Our government has failed south Africa

  • lize.schlebusch - 2012-11-09 03:03

    I agree with her. It's not the school's job to provide sex education, but the parents's. Am I mistaken or was it during 2009 that the school (I think somewhere in Limpopo), who had the best end-results for Life Orientation (aka sex-education) also had the highest rate of teen pregnancies? Parents must teach their kids to abstain and save themselves for their spouse one day...not the schools teaching kids how to put condoms on bananas....

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