Condoms given out at school

Stuff 1 March 2015
A high school handed out condoms to girls as young as 15 after a dozen girls returned from summer holidays pregnant.

The controversial approach to family planning has come under fire from a religious group, but has been hailed a success by James Cook High School in south Auckland, where academic results have soared since it was implemented.

And researchers have called for the condom giveaway to be rolled out at schools across the country.

The contraceptives were given to teens after they finished exams at the decile 1 Manurewa high school and headed off on their summer break.

Three Auckland University nursing students came up with the idea after 12 girls returned pregnant to the school after the summer holidays of 2011.

The condoms included a sex education pamphlet advising teens on where to get the morning after pill and dispelling sex myths.

Four years on, with a new principal at the school’s helm, no teens returned pregnant this summer.

No Taranaki takers for school condom handout
Stuff 3 March 2015
Taranaki high schools have no plans to follow an Auckland school handing out condoms over the school holidays to prevent teen pregnancies.

Principals from the region’s secondary schools said sexual education was part of their health curriculum, and strict rules governed delivery of contraception.

The issue was raised after it was reported an Auckland high school gave girls condoms after their end of year exams as part of a research project.

Three Auckland University nursing students suggested the idea when 12 girls returned pregnant to Manurewa High School after the 2011 summer holidays.

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