Curriculum is failing intersex pupils who feel shunned by it: study
Bullying and questioning of pupils’ bodies results not only in depression but violence, suspension and dropouts
Jacky, 28, who was born intersex and raised as a girl, confesses she never wanted to make friends at school. Her parents also prevented her from playing sports or participating in physical education. But among her school subjects there was none that made her as uncomfortable as Life Orientation (LO).
“LO was only twice a week. But those two periods felt like forever. I was happy to do the other subjects that had nothing to do with my body, such as languages and maths. Once I entered the LO class I zoomed out. It was as if my body was there but mentally I was absent.”
Jacky was among the participants in a University of Johannesburg study which found schools are still centres of rejection, ridicule, discrimination and dehumanised experiences for intersex pupils...