ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley today said that the book titled Did the Stork Bring Me? or in Afrikaans Het die ooievaar my gebring? does not form part of the school curriculum and is not in South African schools according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
Dudley says that, “People have been asking questions about an extract from a book which according to social media posts is said to be a grade three textbook in South African Schools”.
The original title of the book Did the Stork Bring Me? by author Richard Pooler describes how a man and a woman have sex.
Elijah Mhlanga, spokesman for the DBE, said they had queries about the issue a month ago and called on people to come up with the cover of the book so that they could investigate but they have received nothing. “We could not locate this book. It's not in our schools...” Mhlanga said.
The book’s index sheet indicates that the book was published for the first time in 1991 by Faircape Books, then again in 1993 by Struik Uitgewers and then again in 2003 by Ampersand Press.
Attempts to reach Faircape books and Struik Uitgewers were unsuccessful.
The book was last published in 2003 by Ampersand Press, publishers of educational material in Virginia in the USA.
According to available information, the book is no longer printed and is no longer available.
Dudley commended responsible ACDP members for bringing this to the attention of the ACDP for clarification before sharing inaccurate and often fake information. “We urge social media users to be vigilant and check sources of information before sharing”, she said.
Dudley said that, “The ACDP is calling on the Department to recognise that it is in the best interest of children to work with and through parents and families when giving instruction on sex education. It is important to support and not undermine parents in their efforts to guide their children. Training parents on matters such as the sexual habits of children, the importance of teaching children about healthy sexuality and sexual choices and its consequences is the way to address this contentious issue.
The ACDP further calls on the Department to explain the claim or assumption that Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is desirable and beneficial as a policy and curriculum choice. We also want the Department to provide evidence of how CSE will reduce the incidence of learner pregnancies. The most recent research we have indicates that ‘it is far more likely to see evidence of failure than success in international school-based CSE’ and that CSE ‘may be doing more harm than good’.”
ISSUED BY: CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP
6 September 2018