342 teen mums in 3 years
IN THE LAST three years 342 teenagers aged between 13 and 17 gave birth at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
Most of these teens were attending school prior to their pregnancy, but statistics were not readily available as to how many of them resumed their education after giving birth.
However, a senior education official stressed that teens who gave birth are allowed back at school, but it often comes down to whether their parents want them to return.
Joan Crawford, director of the Child Care Board (CCB) said priority is given to children who want to continue their education. Therefore, her organisation interfaces with the school to assist with the new mother’s reintegration if such is needed. (SP)
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