Despite the stigma associated with teenage pregnancy, Patricia Bangia, a pregnant school girl at the Kwadwo-Addaekrom D/A Primary and Junior High School is challenging stereotypes to attain formal education.
A pregnant school girl in the Asutifi North District of the newly-created Ahafo Region, Patricia Bangia, is cutting through ill biases and discrimination to complete formal education.
The form three student said she has registered and has been preparing to write the 2019 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) slated for June 10, 2019 regardless of the contractions she’d been experiencing owing to her eight-month pregnancy.
Patricia 15, disclosed that although she’s expected to deliver on June 18, 2019, she is determined to take her exams while indicating that nothing will deter her from doing so.
She also affirmed that while the school environment has been unfriendly, she is urged on by high achieving women such as the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
Patricia said she was inspired to continue her education after she saw the first lady on television.
And says she’s resolved to become a nurse in future despite the negative stereotypes and discrimination from her colleagues and people in the community.
She disclosed that the stigma and bad vibes compelled two other students who got pregnant to quit school.
Patricia further stated that her parents have been the most supportive.
She also expressed her appreciation to some teachers who continue to encourage and motivate her to learn for her examination.
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