I FEEL that teenage girls who give up babies born out of wedlock should not be counselled to keep them.
Teenagers who make such a decision are neither financially nor emotionally ready to keep their baby.
If they wish to place their baby in a baby hatch, then the authorities should keep their promise of ensuring the mothers’ confidentiality.
There are many childless couples who would make good parents to a new baby, and even families that have children may welcome a new child.
The baby-hatch initiative was fraught with controversy in the beginning, but following its implementation, we should ensure that the interests of both parties are protected.
To go back on a decision means that the project is flawed, and this, in turn, will make people lose trust in similar initiatives.
Once babies are left at the hatch, the authorities should determine the babies’ health and find them a home.
Adoptive parents should not live in fear that the biological mother and father of the child will one day make themselves known and claim the child.
One thing the government can do to reduce teenage pregnancy is to review the education system.
Clearly, teenagers who fall in love and see a future in each other’s arms are not sufficiently educated to realise that a future does not simply happen.
You also need the means to make it happen.
It is recognised that education is the key to a better future.
The government has ensured that its citizens, as well as temporary residents, have many schools and educational systems to choose from.
The government should ensure that education policies do not stigmatise those who may have made the wrong choices.
Only one thing is essential for success in life and that is knowing your goals in life.
Most people fail to get what they want in life because they do not know what they want.
Schools and education systems must change with the times so that a fail grade is no longer accepted. Students may know enough about the subject and yet fail the exam due to nervousness or lack of luck.
For the benefit of employees and employers, it would be sufficient if schools awarded grades for each subject.
Exams should be retained, but only as signposts.
Students who fall below the pass mark should have certificates issued to them, stating that although they completed the course of study and attended classes, they were unable to achieve a passing mark.
Students who go to class will always learn something. If they go to class, they are unlikely to engage in undesirable activities.
In any case, students will not generally fail all subjects. They may perform poorly in some, but fare better in others.
So, it is unfair to fail students just because they didn’t obtain the pass mark in one or two subjects, even though these are core subjects. When employers look at prospective employees’ school leaving certificate and grades, employers can determine if they are the right persons for the job.
Unemployment and idleness exist not only because the candidate is unskilled, but also because employers are unable to estimate the value of candidates.
If students failed English and Mathematics, for example, which are considered core subjects, but acquired a distinction in History, they will do well in administrative jobs.
History requires a high degree of observation and analysis, and also a good memory, qualities needed in administrative jobs.
I will conclude by mentioning the arts, which are overlooked in schools.
The arts are sometimes viewed as doubtful, unrewarding, immoral and dangerous. Nevertheless, the arts are the highest form of expression from the heart, mind and soul.
It has been reported that the highest number of jobless candidates are from the arts stream. and this is due to artists being unprepared for the real world, but also to prospective employers, who view the arts as suspicious.
And yet, if people can appreciate the arts, they will be a perfect fit for almost any other job.
Marisa Demori, Putrajaya