A Catholic bishop slammed the policy reportedly imposed by a school in Baguio City requiring pregnancy tests for its female students as this oversteps the role of parents.
Bishop Roberto Mallari of the CBCP Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education said a school cannot force their students to take tests without involving parents.
“I see this matter about pregnancy as a concern of parents. I think that they should ask also the opinion of parents regarding the imposition of this policy,” he said.
Mallari’s comment came after the Pines City Colleges in Baguio City made such policy as part of a teenage health drive.
The mandatory pregnancy test is being imposed on its female students of the colleges of Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy.
Students, who get pregnant, will not be allowed to enrol in any subjects that would endanger both the mother and the child.
Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the bishops’ Committee on Public Affairs, warned such policy may even violate the student’s rights.
“What has it to do with education? Is it meant to monitor a student’s performance? At the very least, it is not a sound policy and it may even infringe on the student’s rights,” he said.