There is an issue of teenage pregnancy in the Elmore Stoutt High School, Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn announced on 10 July during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Rotary Club of Road Town, Follow the Movement and Hope Foundation at Maria’s By The Sea.
Hon. Walwyn’s comment was in corroboration of statements made by the representatives of the Rotary Club of Road Town, Follow the Movement and Hope Foundation that actions need to be taken to assist at-risk youths in the Territory.
In explaining the teenage pregnancy situation, the Minister said it seems that while the attention was on the young men in Territory, things were going wrong with the young ladies: “We are so focused on the young men that a lot of things are happening to the young girls that we are not paying attention to,” the Minister said.
Hon. Walwyn explained that he had plans to highlight the situation via a statement during the last House of Assembly sitting, but he was unable to do so, nevertheless he disclosed the gravity of the situation to those in attendance: “Teenage pregnancy is becoming a major problem in this country, we don’t like to talk about it. In the high school, there were 12 pregnant ladies in this academic year,” Minister Walwyn stated.
“How do we address that issue? Somebody needs to help and work along with the Government because the Government cannot fix everything,” the Minister added
As Hon. Walwyn lamented that this is a situation that was more than government can handle alone, and asked the three organizations to lend their services to addressing the problem: “I hope as part of this alliance you have young women who can go and address the issue facing the young adolescent women in this country, because you need somebody who can meet them at their level,” he added.