EDUCATION Minister Lazarus Dokora said Wednesday that the government does not intend to hand out condoms in schools.
The minister said parents concerned about the sexual activities of their children should themselves include the condoms when they pack their school bags.
Debate has been raging after speculation that government had announced planss to make condoms available in schools in response to concerns that children were having sexual relations at an early age.
But Dokora told the National Assembly during the question and answer session that the Government would not be dishing out condoms to school children.
“As a society we have created social institutions that we call schools to nurse positive attitudes to prepare them for adulthood,” he said.
“Education must promote Hunhu/Ubuntu. No condoms in schools,” he said as his voice was droned by noise that was being made by members of Parliament.
Dokora said parents were a critical part of a child’s education and should be intimately involved in the process.
He said the Government would not therefore back down to pressures to give school children condoms in schools.
Parents who were concerned about provision of condoms for their children should instead include them when they packed their children’s school backpacks.
“We do not separate the parent from education. There should be no expectation that the school system must deliver condoms to school children,” he added.
Movement for Democratic Change legislator Ruth Labode, however, said it was critical that sex education be taught in schools.
“We have to acknowledge that early sex is rampant in schools,” she said.
Labode, however, attracted the wrath of Dr Dokora when she claimed that high cases of sex were linked to low pass rate in some schools.
The education minister rejected the suggestion, urging the legislator to carry out proper research on the matter.