Parents must be informed about teen pregnancies
The move to protect students who get pregnant from being expelled or suspended from school or being forced to undergo pregnancy tests as proposed in the The Care and Protection of Child Bill, 2016 is commendable. The bill proposes that suspected pregnancies will be referred to health institutions where they will be tested. This will save the schoolgirls from ridicule and stigmatisation from teachers and their peers. However, banning the school management frof informing parents or guardians of the pregnancy without the teenager’s permission is wrong and should be amended. This is because should the teenager refuse to give consent for the parents or guardians to be told — which they are likely to do out of fear — they will not get the necessary support or guidance. The parents and guardians have a right to know what is going on in their children’s lives.
MILLICENT MUKHONGO Nakuru