Scholarship and perks for virgin student in South Africa

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In South Africa, the local government is offering free tuition and boarding fees for female students who are still virgin.

Thubelihle Dlodlo will start his college at Pretoria University after her hometown municipality answered all his tuition and boarding fees as long as she remains virgin.

The 18-year old got a grant that rewards maidens in a program to control teenage pregnancies and spread of HIV.Adis in Uthukela district.

"This bursary is so important because it will change my future. I can conquer the world," said Dlodlo.

Another fellow recipient, Bongiwe Sithole, delayed having sex si she can continue studies.

She would also have dropped out of university due to poverty.

One of the condition is to went virginity tests which is conducted by elder women.

There are already 16 beneficiaries of the bursary.

"The main reason behind introducing the bursary is that... in our district we have got a very high rate of teenage pregnancies, and a lot of young people are infected by HIV and AIDS," Mayor Dudu Mazibuko told AFP.

Up to half of the population between the ages of 15 and 49 in the district is infected with HIV and AIDS, according to municipal statistics.
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However, women's rights activists strongly oppose the scheme.

Their Commission for Gender Equalty also called the bursary scheme discriminatory.

"There is no qualitative and quantitative research that has actually proven that by inspecting girls, you are going to reduce HIV/AIDS," the commission said.

Rights groups are also concerned about the virginity screening because it is disturbing.

"Virginity testing does not invade my privacy. I love who I am and it gives me more dignity," said Dlodlo.

She hopes to be a "role model" for other young women.

"There is no invasion of privacy because it's done voluntarily, it's not painful, there is no humiliation at all," added Mazibuko, Uthukela's female mayor.

"We have started with the girls because they are more vulnerable, but... our long-term plan is ensuring that we reward young boys who stay virgins," she said.

Do you believe that this absurd government program will halt the spread of HIV virus and teenage pregnancy? What are your thoughts?

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