- An NDC MP says the only surest way to tackle teenage pregnancy is to open up to pupils
- The MP says both teachers and parents must prioritize sex education at home and in schools
The National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for North Dayi, Joycelyn Tetteh, has bemoaned the upsurge in teenage pregnancy across the country.
According to the MP, the only surest way to curb the menace in Ghanaian society is to intensify sex education in the country’s educational system.
The NDC legislator is therefore urging parents and teachers to teach their wards and pupils about the use of condoms.
Speaking on the floor of parliament on Thursday, the North Dayi MP insisted that both parents and teachers must show interest in sex education.
“Mr Speaker, sex education in our basic schools must be prioritised and taught. Parents must know and ought to be interested in the extracurricular activities of their children, especially the teenage ones,” she said.
The parliamentarian stressed that the country must begin to teach safer sex practices amongst the youth instead of assuming that children are ignorant of sex and sexuality as a topic.
“Condom use must be mentioned while preaching the abstinence we desire as parents and teachers. The effort required to address this social problem of huge significance can only be effective if it is multi-faceted,” Jocelyn Tetteh said.
The MP in her submission indicated that concerted efforts must be adopted to address the factors that lead to teenage pregnancy rather than condemning the girls who get pregnant while in school.
The North Dayi lawmaker who was clearly not happy about the alarming rate of teenage pregnancy in the Ghanaian society, in her contribution, added that the high rate of youth unemployment in the country can culminate in a crisis that could threaten social cohesion and stability of the state.
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