There are many contributing factors which are responsible for the high rates of high school dropouts and teenage pregnancy occurring in Mabaruma with the number one cause being “parental neglect” says Region One’s Chairman Brentnol Ashley.
He told Inews that in his Region throughout various communities there are alarmingly high records of high school dropouts and teenage pregnancies when compared to other parts of the country.
This is because many parents are hardly ever at home to properly guide their children, the Regional Chairman noted.
According to Ashley, the lack of job opportunities in Region One especially in Mabaruma is a major factor in the absence of parents in the lives of their children.
“We are all aware that the economy of our country is currently dwindling in some sense. And when it comes to village economies it is no different so one when parents cannot get jobs surrounding they have to go elsewhere. Often that will cause them to leave their children unattended,” he pointed out.
Yet another contributing factor to the high levels of teenage pregnancy cases in that region is attributed to the youths and young people not being educated.
“The lack of education is another cause since many of them (young people) would not have reached far in school and these kinds of things…but we are working towards coming up with an action plan to see how we can deal with the issues that have occurred… in our budget we will cater for it especially under our health and education programmes,” the Regional Chairman stated.