SECTION27 and the Equal Education Law Centre have drafted a submission on the Department of Education’s Draft Policy of the prevention and management of learner pregnancy in school.
This submission is accompanied by a table of recommendations which include among others:
That the Draft Policy be amended to provide for a clear, stand-alone framework for policy implementers to follow in order to achieve the objectives articulated in the Draft Policy, and that the proposed Implementation Plan be published for comment as a matter of urgency in order for us and other stakeholders to assess the adequacy of the Draft Policy when read with the Implementation Plan.
That the Draft Policy clarify the position on access to Comprehensive Sex Education, Sexual Reproductive Health Services (SRHS) and pregnancy prevention services and reconsider the inclusion of the age and grade limitations to access.
That the Draft Policy clearly define the nature and extent of the SRHS envisaged.
That the words “of school age” be removed from section 5.1 of the Draft Policy