Learners were told to study hard for their exams. Picture: Limpopo Department of Health Facebook page. 

“Sleep with books instead of boys”


“We don't want any learner to fall pregnant, and as a learner all you should do is to read your books. Sleep with your books and stop sleeping with boys.”

These were the words of advice from the MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, when addressing the learners of Mukhwantheli Secondary School a fortnight ago. MEC Ramathuba “adopted” the school in October 2018 after it started making the headlines for the wrong reasons. At that stage, more than 30 girls in the school were reported to be pregnant.

Since the adoption by the MEC, the school has shown a big drop in teenage pregnancies and a huge improvement in academic performance. “If you engage yourself in sexual activities, it will affect your academic performance and many of you don’t know anything about sex but persist in doing it. You will get sexually transmitted infections and fall pregnant at a young age. Some of you do abortions at unqualified ‘doctors’, which leads to death. I advise you to stop doing illegal abortions,” MEC Ramathuba said.

The MEC also used the opportunity to motivate Grade 12 learners to study for their upcoming exams. “Stop attending gigs and study hard for your exams,” the MEC said.




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Date:04 November 2019 - By: Mbulaheni Ridovhona

Mbulaheni Ridovhona

The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.



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