7,200 teenage pregnancies recorded basic schools in 2018/19 academic year

7,200 teenage pregnancies recorded basic schools in 2018/19 academic year

- 7,293 teenage pregnancies have been recorded in basic and second cycle schools in the 2018/2019 academic year

- Upper primary classes recorded 1,024 cases, Junior High School (JHS) classes had 4,836 cases, while there were 1,433 cases in Senior High Schools

- 3,199 victims, made up of 180 upper primary, 2,326 JHS, and 693 SHS students re-enrolled into school after they had put to bed

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The National Director of the Girls Education Unit at the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mrs Benedicta Seidu, has revealed that an alarming number 7,293 teenage pregnancies have been recorded in basic and second cycle schools in the 2018/2019 academic year across the country.

Mrs Seidu said the upper primary classes recorded 1,024 cases, junior high school (JHS) classes had 4,836 cases, while there were 1,433 cases in senior high schools (SHSs).

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Speaking at the opening of the third Campaign for Women Education (CAMFED) Alumnae Association (CAMA) National Annual General Meeting in Tamale, Mrs Seidu called on heads of schools to give support to such victims to enable them to fulfill their ambitions and desist from driving them out of school.

The national director disclosed that a total of 3,199 victims, made up of 180 upper primary, 2,326 JHS, and 693 SHS students re-enrolled into school after they had put to bed.

Speaking on the sidelines of the events, the National Chairperson of CAMA, Ms Ruka Yaro De-Liman said, teenage pregnancies and child marriages hindered sustainable growth among victims.

She appealed to members of the public who forcefully gave out their girls for marriage to desist from the act, saying it was an abuse of their human rights.

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In other news, the Apostolic Church Ghana, Adentan Central Assembly, has honoured 100-year-old Mama Mary Kwame aka Adjourni for her unrivalled contribution towards the church during its early formation.

Mama Mary Kwame received a citation from the church in recognition of her ''contribution and selfless dedication'' especially for giving her ''house for the establishment of the Adentan Central Central Assembly.''

YEN.com.gh earlier featured the 100-year-old woman, who now lives at Adenta in Accra, where she shares a room with a granddaughter.

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