Teenagers Being Surveyed on Sexual Education

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Friday 16th November, 2018-A survey is being undertaken by the Ministry of Social Transformation to garner the views of teenagers on Sexual Education.

Teens between the ages of 15-19 are being surveyed via the use of a questionnaire.

Officials from the Ministry of Social Transformation made a courtesy call on the Acting Prime Minister the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin, on Friday, to update him on the exercise and share information about the planned approach being taken in the survey.

Consultant Tamara Higgins is spearheading the survey. She explained that previous research has discovered that the birth rate has fallen worldwide. The local survey will seek to discover the factors that are contributing to the low birth-rate in Antigua and Barbuda.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin suggested that the low birth rate may be attributed to the education campaign that has been ongoing, headed by the Family Planning Unit, ensuring that persons have access to information regarding safe sex and family planning.

Benjamin added that it would appear that young people are more educated and are more fixed on being responsible and having children later on in life.

Tamara Higgins is expected to produce her findings within the month of December 2018. She says the aim is to produce a comprehensive report, which will highlight best practices and give solid recommendations.

She also proposed that adjustments be made to the laws governing abortion in Antigua and Barbuda.