BANJA LUKA (KRON) – Seven middle school girls got pregnant while on a five-day arts and cultural field trip to Sarajevo, and now a health official says the parents are to blame.
The girls, ages 13 to 15, went to the Bosnia and Herzegovina capital, Sarajevo, for a week-long trip to visit museums and historic sights in the city, according to Inserbia.info.
Nenad Babici, the national coordinator for reproductive health of the republic, told Inserbia.info that it was discovered that the seven schoolgirls got pregnant on the school trip.
The Banja Luka school had taken 28 girls on the trip.
Parents want to know why there was such a lack of teacher supervision but Babici blamed parents for not educating their children properly, according to Inserbia.
Senad Mehmedbasic, a Sarajevo gynecologist, said a growing trend of underage pregnancies in Bosnia and Herzegovina is worrying.
Educational institutes and parents, he said, should play a stronger role in providing effective sex education.
“It is obvious that children do not have enough of health education so they engage in such activities, not knowing the consequences. We have to be more direct in the educational system, it must not be allowed that street teaches children about intimate matters, and that they are later slapped by life,” he said.