A long-running program in WA schools provides teenage girls with robotised dolls to care for, the aim being to show the girls the disruption a baby would cause in their lives thus discouraging early pregnancy.

Dr Sally Brinkman studied the program finding it actually encourages teenage pregnancy:

“In terms of trying to prevent teenage pregnancy, I think on the basis of our results, I don’t think it’s a good public spend.

“The education system delivers a whole lot of programs to students and many of them do not have a solid evidence base.”

It’s hard to believe educators are wasting time and money that would be better spent on more traditional educational activities.

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