EC school accommodates teen moms
An East London school principal says chasing pregnant learners out of class is not an option.
EAST LONDON – Chasing pregnant learners out of class is not an option, an Eastern Cape school principal said on Wednesday.
Aubrey Lackay is the headmaster at John Bisseker Secondary School.
He believes social circumstances contribute to classroom woes.
The school has 1,500 pupils and is located in Parkside, one of the East London’s most impoverished areas.
Lackay said nine pupils are pregnant, with the youngest being 15-years-old.
According to the principal, pregnancies have come down compared to 2011, when 13 learners were pregnant.
Lackay said they allow girls to go home to breastfeed their babies, or relatives can bring the infants to school.
He said the institution is accommodating.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Cape is one of the worst performing provinces in South Africa with a 2011 matric pass rate of 58.1 percent.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)