November 30, 2013 by socialaction2014
Baby rape matric exam question to be dropped
JOHANNESBURG – A question about baby rape in the matric drama exam will be excluded from the marking process, the basic education department said on Friday.
South Africans have been outraged by a question in the national school-leavers’ drama exam which asked students to direct a rape scene.
They were asked to describe how they would get an actor to maximize the horror of the rape of a baby, using a broomstick and loaf of bread as props.
Anti-rape activists and the author of the play, Lara Foot Newton, have said the question was “insensitive”.
South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world.
Ms Foot Newton’s award-winning play Baby Tshepang is based on the actual rape of a nine-month old by her mother’s boyfriend.
South Africa’s Education Department has defended the question’s inclusion in the paper…
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