For the past 25 years, the Sawoubea Junior High School (JHS) in the Wa East District has not recorded any female student who successfully sat for the Basic Education Certificate Examination.
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According to the Upper West Regional Girls’ Education Officer at the Ghana Education Service (GES), Madam Annacleta Viiru, she said since the establishment of the school about 25 years ago, no girl child has been able to complete JHS due to child marriage.
She said the highest educational level girls in the area ever attained was JHS Two right before they are being married off.
Madam Viiru, who revealed this in Wa said, the situation was worrying as the girls were denied the right to education and personal development.
Recalling one of such incidents, she said some parents who gave their children out for marriage did not see any problem with that
“Recently, a 15-year-old girl at Boo in the Lawra Municipality was given out for marriage but when the girl’s parents were questioned they said there is nothing wrong with that”, Madam Viiru said.
Madam Viiru attributed the cases of child marriage recorded in her district to cultural practices and called for stakeholders to intervene to enable girls have free access to education.
She said several factors such as teenage pregnancy, elopement; abduction and puberty rights are affecting the education of girls in the region and called for stiffer punishment for perpetrators of the acts to serve as a deterrent to others.
Speaking at a recent education forum in Wa, Madam Viiru said out of a total of 6,418 girls who registered for the 2019 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) 35 of them were pregnant.
Madam Viiru said her unit was saddled with resource and logistics constraints which are impeding efforts to effectively monitor the education of girls in the region.
In other news, Deputy Minister of Health, Alexander Abban has revealed says some 54,000 nurses and midwives have been employed since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) came into office in January 2017.
According to him, government is still working tirelessly to absorb a lot more unemployed nurses who have successfully completed their training.
His comment is a response to the minority’s condemnation of alleged harassment of some graduate unemployed nurses and midwives by the police during their picketing at the Ministry of Health.
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