n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Sexuality out of control : an analysis of the educational policy on schooling teen mothers in the Western Cape

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383


Provincial education departments in South Africa have the mandate to implement educational policies for their institutions. In order to guarantee teen mothers a right to remain in public schools in the Western Cape, the Education Department formulated the Managing Learner Pregnancy Policy (MLPP). According to the policy, schools should ensure that education of teen mothers continues with as little disruption as possible. Recent research (Chigona and Chetty 2007) has shown that schools are doing very little to reduce the disruptions of adolescent motherhood. As a result many teen mothers fail to succeed with schooling. This paper aims at analysing the MLPP and determining why schools are using it ambivalently resulting in the policy not achieving its intentions. Interviews were used to gather information about the policy and a feminist genealogy approach (Pillow 2004) was embraced in the analysis of the MLPP. The analysis revealed that it is the lack of precision in the policy has resulted in the schools adopting and using it ambivalently. Hence there is limited facilitation of teen mothers' schooling processes in public schools.

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