Rate of pregnancy at schools is alarming

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Mrs Catherine Nutsugah-Mikado, National Girl-Child Education Director,

has observed that the rate at which girls are dropping out of school

because of pregnancy is alarming.

She did not give the national figures but said an undisclosed district

in the Volta Region, is topped the table last year, with 290 cases.

Mrs Nutsugah-Mikado was inaugurating the Akatsi-North District

Girl-Child Education Club at Ave-Dakpa, as a platform for stalling the

attrition rate of girls inschool as result of pregnancy.

The formation of the club followed the reported pregnancy of 61 school

girls in the Akatsi-North District within two months.

Mrs Nutsugah-Mikado said education is the only tool for empowering

women and expressed regret at the manner inwhich the process is being

curtailed for many of them as a result of early sex and pregnancy.

She said so many opportunities are being rolled out for the education

of girls in the country and urged parents, communities and the girls

to show interest.

Mrs Nutsugah-Mikado said the Girl-child Education Unit was not set up

for nothing but to drive the education of girls forward.

She urged parents to take care of the need of their children and the

men to live up to their responsibilities as fathers.

Mrs Nutsugah-Mikado said the clubs would build confidence,

assertiveness and negotiation skillsin the girls to enable them shove

off male "predators".

She asked the girls to report rape and defilement cases, dangerous

male overtures to their parents and teachers and not to abuse pupil to

pupil relationships.

Mrs Nutsugah-Mikado asked teachers to take the clubs seriously and

work towards replicating them.

She also called on other stakeholders to support the clubs as they

campaign against early sex.

Mr James Gunu, District Chief Executive (DCE) said a Gender-Desk has

been established at the Assembly while sensitisation is going on for

commercial motorbike operators and artisans as part of the drive to

curb early sex among pupils.

He said male offenders would face stiff punishment while the Guidance

and Counseling Desk at the District Education office would be


The DCE said the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty programme, has

been rolled out in more poverty endemic areas in the District to

reduce poverty, increase school enrolment and health care.

Mr Gunu gave 0302980593 as a hotline for girls to call to alert

authorities about any male harassment they face.

Source: GNA

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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