Virginity is the Eligibility for Scholarship
The eligibility for scholarship in this place for girls is not merit. It is virginity. True! The procedure is implemented in Uthkela district in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Jabulani Mkhonza, a Spokesperson of Mayor mentioned various reasons for introducing such a method.
Many female students are getting pregnant even before completing their education. As many as 20,000 pregnancies were recorded in school in the year 2014. Of these, 223 were primary school students, announced South African Broadcasting Corporation. The criterion aims at preventing many girls and young women from being affected with HIV, AIDS and other diseases. The spokesperson mentioned that they have to keep their virginity and get tests done on a regular basis in order to obtain and continue scholarships.