A mayor in South Africa has awarded collage scholarships to 16 teens for maintaining their virginity through high school, the mayor’s office said Sunday.
Mayor Dudu Mazibuko of the town of Uthukela tried something new this year and offered scholarships to young women in the district for remaining virgins. The program is an attempt to stem the tide of teenage pregnancy and give incentive to girls to be “pure and focus on school,” the mayor’s office said. Almost six percent of teen girls in South Africa became pregnant in 2013.
But the girls who applied for the scholarships have to prove they are maintaining their virginity by agreeing to be regularly tested.
“To us, it’s just to say thank you for keeping yourself and you can still keep yourself for the next three years until you get your degree or certificate,” Mazibuko told a local South African talk radio station. Read more