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Bye-Law for Pregnancy

Bye-Law for Pregnancy

The alarming rate of teenage pregnancy, especially among school pupils, has become a cause for concern for many well-meaning Sierra Leoneans, including His Excellency the president, Ernest Bai Koroma who expressed concern over the ugly situation in his address during the opening of his second parliament.

Now the Chairman of the Kenema District Council, Doctor Senesie Mansaray, has followed the president in raising concern over the ugly development which is threatening particularly the much-needed and much-trumpeted girl child education in this nation. While addressing staff and pupils of the Saint Joseph Secondary School in Blama, Small Bo Chiefdom , Kenema, during a recent ceremony marking the presentation of science equipment to the school, Doctor Mansaray declared his intention to develop a bye-law to combat teenage pregnancy among school girls.

We support Doctor Mansaray in his patriotic plan to wage war on teen-age pregnancy which promotes poverty by depriving girls of education and multiplying street kids some of whom end up being a menace to society. We also believe that teenage pregnancy is largely responsible for the increased rate of abortion which sometimes results in untimely deaths of unfortunate school girls.

Although a bye-law can help salvage the situation, there is also the need for massive sensitization against the situation as we are of the view that the chronic poverty in the country is also playing a major role in fostering teen-age pregnancy. Even where there is a bye-law against the act, poverty can coerce people to circumvent that bye-law and continue the bad practice.

Nevertheless, we are calling on the president and his government to support Doctor Mansaray to achieve his dream of initiating a penal code against people who have inculcated the indecent habit of impregnating school pupils.

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