Policies on sex education in schools, focus of workshop

The department of basic education (DBE) recently organised a two-day workshop to update and develop their policies on sex education in schools.

According to the department, the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) workshop, attended by school management teams and governing bodies was aimed at discussing the best ways to assist pupils to better understand issues relating to sexuality, sexual behaviour change, and the need to lead healthy and safe lives.

“It is important for school management teams to be aware of the full component of their responsibilities – education, the health and safety of all learners as well as child protection are key – and we are ready to take this up as a school community,” said workshop participant and SGB member Bongani Dlamini.

DBE MEC Angie Motshekga said the department would mobilise all relevant stakeholders to address the high rate of early and unwanted pregnancies among young people of school-going age.

CSE was first introduced into the national curriculum in 2000, with the scripted lesson plans (SLPs) being introduced in 2015 by the department.

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