Sacked former learner left desperate/pregnancy ended route of school learner

Molebeledi

Department of education in Limpopo is investigating allegations that a Sekhukhune lady who was allegedly forced to drop out of school after falling pregnant last year.

Former grade 12 learner at Leditjie secondary school, who asked not to be disclosed, believed her future looked dire after she was not permitted to continue with her studies at the start of the year.

While the department had not initially been aware of the matter, it had recently been brought to its attention, according to department spokesperson Sam Makhondo.

“We will intervene and dispatch officials to the school to establish the allegations. The outcome of the investigation will determine the action to be taken,” said Makhondo.

The 19 years old told Sekhukhune times news she desperately wanted to go back to school and complete her matric like any other learner.

She felt pregnant last year and gave birth in the same year.

“Due to how advanced my pregnancy was and my uniform no longer fitting, I dropped out before the start of the second term,” she adds.

Explaining to the Sekhukhune times news her mother said she had informed by the school that her daughter was pregnant and could no longer proceed with her studies

“This year my daughter went to school but they turned her away. We were told this time it was due to her age and an inability to repeat grade 12,” emotional mother explained.

They also alleged that they were told she would also affect the school matric pass rate.

The mother believes her daughter deserves second chance to repeat the matric saying her daughter learned a lesson from mistakes.

“Principal advised my daughter to consider other alternatives to complete her matric, but due to financial difficulties, we could not afford other options,” explained mother. 

Sacked learner said without the right qualification, she is not going nowhere, citing she wanted to go back to school, complete her matric the study towards an education degree through Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

Thapelo Motseo

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