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A university in the Sa Kaew Wan Nam Yen district has been congratulated for cutting down on teenage pregnancies. The Ban Wang Daeng School has achieved the reduction by installing a machine that dispenses condoms at its facility.
A lecturer at the university, Sompong Jitradap, said that he felt the machine would help to counter the problem of teenage pregnancies that are on the rise among Thai students. He said that efforts made by the Education Ministry and other related agencies have seen little success because no moves have been made other than campaigns and meetings.
He went on to say that people should be aware that installing the condom dispenser is promoting sex, “this boat has already sailed” he said. Many lower secondary students are now talking about boyfriends and girlfriends, while the upper secondary girls were more keen on beauty products and the boys are keen on sports and fist fighting.
Sompong has urged the Education Ministry to seriously address the problem of teenage pregnancy and promote children’s interest in Thai culture and religion.
Citing his discovery of the condom dispenser installed at Ban Wang Daeng School and its success in reducing teenage pregnancies, he said he had now changed from a naysayer to a believer. He made the discovery while visiting 12 schools in the provinces to address education management issues.
He said the installation of the condom machine in the school had stemmed from a proposal from students, which proved that youngsters were already becoming responsible and knew that they should protect themselves.
Sompong said during the trip he learned that a girl as young as eight could get pregnant, while some 15-year-olds already had three children.