The authorities are being advised to provide home-schooling for the pregnant 11-year-old from Micoud, because this might be her only chance of acquiring an education.
Micoud South Member of Parliament (MP) and former Education Minister, Arsene James, said he sees this as the best way for her to continue her education, without having to feel embarrassed.
He said if she is allowed to continue her education at school, it may send a wrong message to the other students, who might start viewing her pregnancy as something that is acceptable and they themselves might want to do it too.
When St. Lucia News Online (SNO) broke the story on April 14, James had expressed shock at the news.
“It sounds very strange…11-year-old? That is something that you do not often hear about. You would hear about a 15-year-old and 16-year-old, but 11?” he told SNO.
Education Minister, Dr. Robert Lewis, told the media recently that special arrangements to facilitate the pregnant 11-year-old, to write the Common Entrance Exam.
He also said that his ministry will work to ensure that the child’s education is not terminated.
The matter is currently being handled by the Human Services Department and police.