According to Jamaica’s Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, 15 per cent of females at one Jamaican high school are mothers.
The minister made the shocking statement during The Gleaner’s online current affairs programme, On the Record.
Though he did not refer to the school by name, he said 120 females from the institution have at least one child.
Approximately 780 girls attend the institution.
The minister mentioned weak family structures and a cultural deficit as negative influences on youngsters and said pressure needs to be increased on schools to re-socialise children.
Two years ago Thwaites introduced a national policy for reintegrating young mothers into the formal school system.
That policy made it a requirement for schools to admit or readmit teenage mothers after they have given birth.
Source: The Gleaner