Mishandling Teen Pregnancies

Sierra Leone tries to ban “visibly pregnant” girls from taking their exams in primary and secondary schools. The “ban” comes just two weeks after President Jacob Zuma of South Africa recommended that teen mothers be separated from their children until they have completed their education as I mentioned in a prior post. Girls already face obstacles to staying in school. It is estimated that worldwide 32 million girls between the ages of 12 and 15 never make it to school or drop out. Teenage pregnancy is a serious problem in Sierra Leone. It has actually been seen that thirty-six percent of all pregnancies in the country already occur among young girls, and teenagers account for 40 percent of maternal deaths. With already far too few girls in secondary education, Sierra Leone should think carefully about how to stop those still in school from dropping out. What do you think? I think that the country has no right to do this especially due to the many possibly uncontrollable circumstances that may have caused the pregnancy.

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