The Central Region has the most fatherless children in the country according to a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
Dr. Georgina Oduro opined that students from some of the top secondary schools in the region have contributed to teenage pregnancy in the area.
Without mentioning any school’s name in particular she stated that most of the indigenes are not able to utilize the educational opportunities in the region rather people from outside the regions come and school there and then they end up impregnating the teenage girls contributing to high number of children without fathers.
Dr. Oduro who doubles as the Coordinator for Advocacy and Outreach at the Gender Centre of UCC revealed that during her monitoring, one of the chiefs made it clear students from the big schools in the region have contributed to the menace.
The senior lecturer was giving a presentation on the cause and effect of child prostitution on the development of the girl child at the advocacy meeting with parents.
It was organized by the Central Regional Department of Gender in collaboration with Central Regional Coordinating Council with the support from United Nations of Population Fund (UNFPA).
The programme discussed the way forward in ending child marriages and teenage pregnancy as well as help parents raise their children in a better way.
She charged the parents not to take advantage of the hardship in the system and push their teenage girls to do the bad things but rather use the little they have to raise their wards in a better way.
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