Human Rights and Students Essay

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HEC101V
Assignment 2
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888837
Student Number:
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Section 1
Primary Newsletter

Dear Parents,
This letter will give you more insight to the policy regarding HIV/AIDS in a school settlement.
NATIONAL POLICY ON HIV AND AIDS FOR LEARNERS AND
EDUCATORS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS AND
EDUCATORS IN FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING INSTITUTIONS
(10 AUGUST 1999 VOLUME 410 NUMBER 20372)
1. BACKGROUND
HIV and AIDS is one of major challenges to all South Africans. It is estimated that almost 25% of the general population will be HIV positive by the year 2010. In South Africa HIV is spread mainly through:
• Sexual contact
• Breast feeding
• Mother to child
In keeping with International standards and in
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5.7 IQMS
5.7.1 Whole school evaluation, school development plans (vision, mission) and school improvement plans must also include HIV and AIDS planned strategy to cope with the pandemic.
• SASA o Learners of compulsory school – going age with HIV/AID may be granted exemption form attendance in terms of
Section 4(1)

o If and when learners become incapacitated schools and institutions should make work available to them for study at home and should provide support where possible.5.9 Constitution of the Republic of
South Africa 1996.
5.9.1 To prevent discrimination, all learners, students and educators should be educated about fundamental human rights.

6. WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE GAPS BETWEEN POLICY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS?
Insufficient training for educators with regard to HIV and AIDS
Insufficient resources available at institutions
Insufficient funding to purchase the necessary resources needed to address the issues of HIV and AIDS at institutions
Inadequate co-ordination of inter and intra-departmental initiatives concerning HIV and AIDS
Policy should be updated at regular intervals to accommodate the progress made in the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.

In all instances, this policy should be interpreted to ensure respect for the rights of learners, students and educators with HIV/AIDS, as well as other learners, students, educators and members of the school and institution communities.

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