• Ireland signed the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that "no one should be denied the right to education", and this includes pregnant schoolgirls.
It is reassuring to see that the Education Minister is now planning legislation to place schools' admissions policies within a statutory framework to ensure that young women are not discriminated against in this matter.
Completing second-level education is important if a teenager is to have an economic future for herself and her child.
Ironically, if the father of the child is of school age, there are seldom calls for him to be denied the right to education.
Adolescents of both gender experience periods of difficulty and schools do not have to complicate this by unfairly withholding education -- particularly if the student may be left holding the baby.
Professor of Education,
University of Limerick