Teenage pregnancy and school: The South African Government policy explained

With the large number of teenage pregnancies in our schools, South African schools have put policies in place to guide teachers and learners on how to deal with and prevent teenage pregnancy. South African law says that:

  • Every child has the right to an education and cannot be denied access to schooling if they are pregnant.
  • If you are pregnant, you should be treated with respect and your pregnancy should be treated privately.

There are a number of school policies that are designed to assist, you, as a pregnant learner:

  • Your school should try to support you with your learning, knowing that you are going through changes that may make learning difficult.
  • Your teachers may meet with your parent or caregiver to understand you and your family's future plans.
  • If you are in grade 12, you must be told about examination dates and the option to apply as a private candidate at a later stage if needed.
  • If you and your partner or baby daddy are learners at the same school, both of you should be counselled about their role and responsibilities regarding the pregnancy.

Pregnant learners have rights, and the policies for schools were created to protect you and your education. If you are pregnant and want to receive information on pregnancy and your baby for free from NDOH, register for MomConnect at your local clinic or dial * 134 * 550 #.

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katleho 26 June 2017 20:42

It is possible to have sex on your menstruating?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 June 2017 10:07

Hi Katleho. Yes it is possible to have sex while menstruating. It will not affect your health in any negative way. Many people avoid it because they feel if is messy (e.g. dirty sheets). There are no health reasons why it should be avoided. But it is important that you use condoms to avoid STIs and HIV infection.

katleho 26 June 2017 20:41

It is possible to have sex on your menstruating?

Shivas 19 March 2016 12:28

Is it possible for one to be pregnant and still go to her periods twice?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 March 2016 14:10

Hi Shivas. It is possible to be pregnant and to have some light bleeding, called "spotting", particularly in early pregnancy. However, if you have any bleeding while you are pregnant you should visit your clinic or hospital as soon as possible so that they can check that you and the baby are both well.

Anonymous 18 March 2016 14:40

What is love

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 March 2016 11:53

Hi Anonymous, there are two types of love: regular love and romantic love. Love is a strong feeling of affection or liking someone. You can love your parents, friends, and relatives. Romantic love is when you have intense or passionate feelings for someone. That is the type of love you feel for a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Emihle 18 March 2016 14:39

What is safe sex

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 March 2016 14:09

Hi Emihle. Safe sex is being able to have sex while protecting yourself and your partner from getting HIV, an STI or an unwanted pregnancy. This means being prepared for sex, by talking to your partner, getting yourselves tested for HIV and STIs and using condoms and contraceptives to protect yourselves.

Adze 18 March 2016 14:38

Do you get pregnant when you are in period?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 March 2016 22:10

Hi Adze, the chance of getting pregnant if you have sex during your period is low. But, it is not impossible as sperm can survive for a few days after sex.

Anonymous 18 March 2016 14:35

Most of girls really like to start puberty at the age of 12