Don’t split boys and girls classrooms — bishop

Don’t split boys and girls classrooms — bishop

By Roy Lagarde

October 4, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A church official said that segregating boys and girls in classrooms will not solve unwanted teen pregnancies as he urged to approach it from a broader perspective.

Bishop Roberto Mallari of San Jose diocese said that the problem exists not because of the heterogeneity of students in classrooms “but the lack of thoughtful regard to values”.

He also attributed the problem to the lack of formation at home, in communities “and in sad cases, in some classrooms”.

“Schools need to design more opportunities for focus engagements with adults and with community and church leaders to talk about the problems,” Mallari said.

“It is in the multidimensional approach of how schools look deeper into the different social problems and contextualize them in curriculum implementation and program implementation that make sense,” he said.

Mallari also chairs the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

National Youth Commission chair Ryan Enriquez earlier suggested for split classrooms for boys and girls from Grades 7 to 12 to curb teen pregnancies and HIV.

According to the Commission on Population, nearly 200,000 women aged 15-19 get pregnant each year.

Bishop Mallari, however, said that there is no study to support that the proposal will address the problem.

“Besides, the great big world out there is designed for a system of dynamic social interactions that is almost boundless: no sex or gender, no age, no socio-economic status, no religion, no race, nothing separates man from the rest,” he added.

“We need to have an encounter with each other because it is the best way to grow and discover Jesus in people,” Mallari said.