Teenagers in Antigua 12-16 are becoming pregnant, which result to delay or incomplete high school education. Literature review
Teenage pregnancy in Antigua has reached an alarming rate. With high increase of teen pregnancy comes along the increase of low birth rate, delay or even incomplete high school education, according to the as (1999) “Teens who become pregnant are less likely to graduate, less likely to get a job and less likely to go to college.” In Antigua majority of high school students attend government high school because parents cannot afford tuition for private schools. However if females become pregnant in high school they are forced to leave and cannot return to any high school. With the introduction of a long term sexual education course in high school that focuses on educating students on the risk of sexual activity, showing students how to protect themselves not only from pregnancy but also sexually transmitted diseases. With such and introduction there will be a reduction in teenage pregnancy among high school students in Antigua. According to Barbra Broman (1999) “The most successful teen pregnancy programs are long term. Such programs should present basic and accurate information about the risk of sexual activity, advice youth on how to protect themselves, teach teens how to communicate with their pairs, deal with social pressure, increase teen negotiation and refusal skills, and provide teachers training.” Due to lack of information available on high school pregnancy statistics with the permission of the ministry of education, I was granted permission to conduct a survey on high school students’ grades 7 through 9. The surveys ask questions about student knowledge on their bodies, sexually transmitted disease, teen pregnancy, the usage of condoms. After conducting the survey with the help of the ministry of education in Antigua following where the findings. It has been estimated that 2 out of...
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