Learners and substance abuse

by Rapule Moiloa

Since the start of the pandemic, many of the young boys have been involved in taking substances like marijuana  due to the deferment of schooling in a bid to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. I had a privilege to speak to one of the learners who said that some of the boys he knows contribute to buy booze and hide themselves somewhere, where no one will see them. Only just after they had finished drinking that they have to leave their hiding places to go back home since parents are not home and wont be able to keep an eye on them. These are boys between the ages of 14,15 and 16years and the use money which would have been left by their parents for them to buy bread for the day.

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