KUALA LUMPUR - The current general sentiment appears to be against a proposal to set up a school for pregnant teenagers.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan were among those unconvinced about the viability of the project.
A host of questions are asked about the proposal by Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, including the issue of teenagers who did not want to attend the school after childbirth.
Some also want to know whether it would be a boarding school or a day school due to the need for anonymity for students.
The question of what would happen to rape victims who did not want to marry the perpetrator was also raised.
Vasantha Kumaran, 45, a teacher from Johor, said the school would be counter productive as it could create other problems like the notion that society condoned premarital sex.
"In the long term, teenagers may see premarital sex as something normal and not as something condemned by society.
"This is only going to worsen the already murky situation and possibly create problems of other forms."
Parent Glen Tan, 47, has doubts whether students at the school would be able to concentrate on their studies.
"They will be subjected to condemnation and verbal abuse, which will only dampen their spirits," he said, adding that proper planning was important.
Businessman Salim Abdullah, 50, wondered about the future of the school if teenagers chose to stay at home after childbirth.
"What will become of that school then?" asked the father of six.