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by Blessing Mashaya 30/06/19

The Education Amendment bill proposes that young girls who fall pregnant while they are still in school can return to their studies after they have given birth. Section 68d of the Bill states that no pupil should be excluded from school for non payment of school fees or on the basis of pregnancy, is in line with Section 56 (3) of the Constitution on the right to equality and non discrimination. Arguments around this decision include that a girl should be given time to nurture her child before resuming her studies and some say that allowing pregnant girls into the classroom does not give a good impression and this might open up the girl child to mocking and stigma. According to the current, if two form four learners have an affair and end up impregnating each other, the male student can continue with his education but the female student cannot. However, some support the decision of inclusion saying its a step in the right direction. There is also need for the government to provide adolescents with access to sexual and reproductive health services including comprehensive sexuality education at the school and community.