Should Condoms Be Distributed In Schools?

2013-02-26 05:09

While religious leaders and their followers oppose the idea of distributing condoms at schools, the Education department believes this is a life saver for curbing or preventing teenage pregnancies, adolescent sexuality and spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

There are those that believe giving free condoms is not about condoning sexual activity or will not increase sexual activity but offer a safe option for those students who are sexually active and therefore, should practice safe sex.

As a Muslim, I believe condoms should not be distributed in schools as a way of intervention in the prevention of teenage pregnancies in schools. The condom is not the solution. We are sitting on a time bomb and hope to neutralize it with a plastic condom. Abstinence should be promoted and is the natural solution.

Teaching and preparing learners about life after school is acceptable but to distribute condoms in schools is ridiculous and unacceptable.

Parents need to invest and play a more active role in the lives of their children and teachers need to educate their learners correctly. Instead of providing funding for condoms, the Education department should rather approve more money for better equipped libraries, sport facilities, computer and science labs.

Our teenagers need an effective and quality education that helps them to delay sex to after marriage, value their bodies, protect their wellbeing, and prepare them to make sensible and responsible life choices. Mature and wise adults will make stable parents.

Towards this end learners should be encouraged to abstain from premarital sex and save that phase of their lives for the partner they choose to spend the rest of their lives with and with whom they wish to have children. This might sound very idealistic but if it is nationally promoted and adult role models, espousing this ideal, motivate learners to follow suit, it will make a difference.

In this regard I fully support Cardinal Wilfred Napier’s dissatisfaction at the immoral and short- sighted proposal to distribute condoms at schools.

An earnest effort should be made by every citizen to re-establish the moral code of conduct regarding males and females in homes and society, in rural settlements and urban areas.

Moral parents will by and large make moral children and moral children in turn will become, to a greater extent, moral parents and the cycle will perpetuate. This will make for a morally-conscious society, the benefits of which are self evident. At no cost should we give up on weaving morality into our national fabric.

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