DepEd: 586 pregnant teens recorded in Northern Mindanao
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (BukidnonNews.net/ 11 March 2020)—There are 586 pregnant teenagers in the region from June to December last year, said a DepEd official.
During the Women’s Month Celebration held here on March 8, Dr. Myra Yee, medical officer of the Department of Education (DepEd) Region 10, said this also resulted to the “high” drop-out rate in the region.
Yee said seven of these pregnant teens are in Grade 7; 33 teens in Grade 8; 143 in Grade 9; 163, Grade 10; 108, Grade 11; and 132, Grade 12.
DepEd record revealed that 325 of the teens were impregnated by fellow minors while 135 were impregnated by adults. The rest are unidentified.
According to Yee, a module is currently in the works to address this problem. The curriculum will be modified to include topics beyond sex education such as reproductive health, HIV, and drug abuse.
Yee also cited vices, peer pressure, broken family, exposure to sex, and social media as factors leading to the rise of teen pregnancies.