Save the Chil­dren con­demns act

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - Ap­pro­pri­ate

Save the Chil­dren has con­demned the mi­nors’ act, say­ing this was im­proper be­hav­iour, es­pe­cially in a school en­vi­ron­ment.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Ad­vo­cacy and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer, Lusito Tsela said such an act puts the mi­nors at risk of ac­quir­ing sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions in­clud­ing HIV and AIDS. He added that by en­gag­ing in sex­ual in­ter­course, the girl might fall preg­nant which may re­sult in her drop­ping out of school.

Tsela said even the boy also could drop out of school should he im­preg­nate the girl as he would be ex­pected to go look for work to feed the child. He noted that such would have a neg­a­tive im­pact on their fu­ture.

Fur­ther­more, Tsela men­tioned the im­por­tance of equip­ping chil­dren with sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health and rights (SRHR) in­for­ma­tion.

How­ever, Tsela was quick to clar­ify that such in­for­ma­tion given to the chil­dren should be age ap­pro­pri­ate. He added that SRHR would make chil­dren un­der­stand their bod­ies bet­ter on how they (bod­ies) re­act.

SRHR is known in schools as life skills ed­u­ca­tion.

Tsela also pointed out that the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing should strengthen the teach­ing of life skills ed­u­ca­tion in schools.

The mouth­piece added that it was im­por­tant for chil­dren to have peo­ple trained on the sub­ject to teach them about SRHR. fol­lowed up.

He stressed that what would make things eas­ier was that the is­sue had al­ready been de­lib­er­ated on other struc­tures. would help poor pupils. It is not mine and it would not be used in school main­te­nance,” he clar­i­fied.

Fur­ther­more, Malindzisa went on to state that the E500 was paid to the school ac­count at the bank.

St Mary's High School where pupils con­fis­cated phones back. are fined E500 to get their

Elu­lak­eni Pri­mary School where the two mi­nors said to have en­gaged in sex­ual in­ter­course. are

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