The Department of Education in South Africa has decided schoolgirls who become pregnant must face a two-year period out of school before they will be allowed to return for their studies. There is also a provision for school-going fathers to take a paternity leave, and the couple will receive grants for their support.
It is estimated last year that 72,000 13-19 year old girls did not attend school due to becoming pregnant. The reality is forcing a young girl to drop out of school for two years is ensuring she will not return. There may well be good intentions in this ruling, but it is doubtful if those goals will ever be achieved by forcing adolescents to leave school.
Information from Mail & Guardian of South Africa