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The plan of the Ministry of Public Health to have secondary educational schools and vocational colleges to have condom vending machines installed under its 2015-2019 strategy to prevent unwanted pregnancy and AIDs among teenagers is likely to be aborted after the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) voiced strong opposition.
OBEC secretary-general Kamol Rodklai said he strongly disagreed with the strategy and would definitely disallow such vending machines at schools and colleges under the office’s supervision,
He said the ministry should campaign against unwanted pregnancy and AIDs through other method which is more useful than having the condom vending machines putting in schools.
He said having the condom vending machines in schools could be a two edged blade.
He said if the Ministry of Public Health formally requests the installation of these machines at schools, he would definitely reject the request.
He said these machines should be in public restrooms, and entertainment venues, rather than in schools.
He also said condoms are now available at convenience stores.
Having condom vending machines in schools could encourage teenagers to have premature sex which is inappropriate, he added.