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No to pregnant girls in regular school system – NPTAJ

Published:Friday | May 24, 2013 | 2:13 PM

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ), says it does not support the proposal that pregnant schools girls be reintegrated into the regular school system.

President of the NPTA Everton Hannam, says while the group is in support of continued education for girls who become pregnant while in schools, he does not believe they should attend classes with other students.

He says such a move is likely to send the wrong signal to girls who are not pregnant, and could also encourage teenage pregnancy.

The Education Minister has tabled a policy paper stipulating the mandatory reintegration of teenage mothers into the regular school system.

The policy is proposing that this becomes effective in September.

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Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says the ministry paper is to be presented to Cabinet shortly and he expects the support of members.

However, the NPTA President says girls who are visibly pregnant should be sent to continue their education at a women’s center or similar agencies.