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Dept says parents agree to provision of condoms in schools

This follows the changes made to the Criminal Law Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Bill allowing children between the ages of 12 & 16 to consent to sex with one another.

Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says parents have welcomed its new policy of providing condoms in schools as part of the fight against HIV/Aids, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis.

The policy gives children above the age of 12 the right of access sexual and reproductive health services, without parental consent.

This follows the changes made to the Criminal Law Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Bill allowing children between the ages of 12 and 16 to consent to sex with one another.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga said: “The policy has been in the works for the past three years. It has gone through a process of consultation involving parents, teachers, unions, health practitioners and ordinary members of the public who all agree that HIV/Aids is a scourge that needs to be dealt with, with every possible resource available.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)