Ministry: Teen pregnancy prevention module in Year 6, Form 3 curriculum

Published: Wednesday October 17, 2012 MYT 3:52:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday October 17, 2012 MYT 3:53:56 PM
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/10/17/nation/20121017154514&sec=nation

By MARTIN CARVALHO

KUALA LUMPUR: A pilot programme to teach students of the dangers of out-of-wedlock sex has been introduced as part of the school curriculum last month as a means to prevent incidents of teen pregnancies amongst girls below 16.

The move was amongst the steps taken by Women, Community and Family Development Ministry to address the social issue which recorded over 6,000 teen pregnancies and births involving girls below 16 since 2000.

“Based on data of the National Registration Department, a total of 6,820 pregnancies and births involving girls below 16 were recorded between 2000 and Oct 9 2012,” the ministry said in a written reply to Chong Eng (DAP-Bukit Mertajam) in Parliament.

The pliot project, in cooperation of the Education Ministry, teaches Year 6 and Form Three pupils of the risks and dangers of sex via the Reproductive Health and Social programme.

The programme was based on the Reproductive Health Adolescents module of the Federation of Reproductive Health Associations.

“The programme was implemented as part of the curriculum for Standard Six and Form Three students after their respective UPSR, PMR and special students examinations in selected schools nationwide beginning September,” it stated.

The ministry said that 67 teachers were given training to teach 1,360 students on the dangers and risks of unmarried sex during the programme held between Sept 8 and 10.

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