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SEGALO, Letlhoyo. Learner pregnancy in secondary schools in South Africa: Have attitudes and perceptions of teachers changed?. Koers (Online) [online]. 2020, vol.85, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2304-8557.

Many secondary schools in South Africa have elaborate school policies on learner pregnancy Many of these policies state that in the event of a female learner falling pregnant, the said learner will be suspended from the school. The application of these policies has been challenged in the courts of law either by the parents of the learners or the Department of Basic Education in South Africa. The study used a qualitative research approach to explore the perceptions of Life Orientation teachers with regards to learner pregnancy policies and their efficiency. A purposive sample of nine Life Orientation teachers was chosen, and a focus group was used to collect data from the respondents. There were five female and four male teachers in total who participated in the study. Their age ranged from 27 to 52 years with an average teaching experience of 15.3 years. The study showed that despite the legislation stating that schools should be supportive of the needs of the pregnant learners at the school, teachers interviewed demonstrated their unwillingness to adhere to the law. As a result, pregnant learners are advised or coerced to stay at home for the remainder of their pregnancy as the school environment is not tolerant towards them.

Keywords : coerce; learner pregnancy; Life Orientation; policy; school; suspension.

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