Sunday, March 19, 2006

A matter of concern

I am worried about the teenage pregnancies in South Africa. Only a few teenage girls matriculate before their studies being interupted by pregnancy. Are these young girls not aware of the shark called HIV and AIDS. Young people are not considered able to maintain secure, happy marriages, there is concern for the health of the babies, and for the dependency burden on families and social welfare .
According to Lovelife advertisements, teen pregnancy increases risk of contracting HIV and AIDS. After digesting this advertisement I thought to myself, this really makes sense. The teenagers are still idle. How many partners are they going to engage with before settling ang marrying if ever that happens. The chances are they will have been involved with more than two partners. This is a life risk at the time when HIV and AIDS pandedemic is so prevalent.
When a girl leaves school early, her career opportunities are limited and she may fail to establish her independence. It appears that at least half of SA girls that fall pregnant hope to return to school. Some studies say they all do but, is that hope fulfilled? Yes and no, it seems. The issue of completing high school education has to be seen in the light of what is normal. With childbearing responsibility, these young mothers fail to concentrate on their studies efficiently resulting in poor results. This demotivates them from trying and furthering their studies.

The South African government came up with the social grant. Unfortunately, in most cases, the grant is used by young mothers for their own needs and not childrens needs. In other cases, the grant is a motivating factor, more children and more money. I am not against the idea of social grant provided it benefits the children as intended but this is not the case. Perhaps the government should change the strategy. Give the mothers food and clothing coupons instead of cash. This way the children will benefit from the grant. With free education and health services what else would they need the money for?


Blogger Cyrille Mutombo said...

Hi Lebo, this is Cyrille. I just want to share with you an advice I received from Roy: try to link this to external internet sources, like government statistics or any other sources that provide the information you’re sharing. By the way, you have got very good writing style: simple, straight and concise.

8:17 AM

Blogger Pascalia said...

I totally agree with you Lebo. The South African government should change the strategy. More needs to be done in schools in terms of providing information as to why a grant is necessary. Why do young female teenagers think the grant is government's foolish way of encouraging them to fall pregnant? There's something missing here. Giving food parcels may be a better option perhaps but judging from this kind of mentality the food may be put up for sale for the sake of getting the cash.

2:54 AM


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