Thai education commission drops opposition to condom vending machines

Thai education commission drops opposition to condom vending machines

The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) has finally dropped its opposition to plans to install condom-vending machines in secondary schools, but a senior official said it would not encourage such machines being installed in schools under its jurisdiction.

"We won't argue if the machines are installed in schools where relevant parties and local communities believe they are needed," Obec secretary-general Kamol Rodklai said yesterday.

Earlier, Kamol voiced firm opposition against plan, saying condom-vending machines had no place in schools.

The Public Health Ministry, however, insisted that giving young people easy access to condoms would lower the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

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