GES: 220 JHS students, 48 SHS students pregnant in space of 9 months

GES: 220 JHS students, 48 SHS students pregnant in space of 9 months

- GES has recorded a number of teenage pregnancies in the Upper East region

- According to a report, some 268 students in both JHS and SHS were pregnant after a survey was conducted

- Some nursing mothers are also believed to have sat for this year's BECE and WASSCE

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The Upper East Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service has indicated that some 268 student pregnancies have been recorded in the region between January and September 2020.

In a report sighted by on, it was said that out of the 268 pregnancies 220 of the girls were in junior high school.

The directorate stated that the figures above are just provisional from the eight districts of the Upper East Region and it is like that the numbers might go up.

GES: 220 JHS students, 48 SHS students pregnant in space of 9 months
Pregnant lady. Source: Graphic
Source: UGC

The districts which made up the numbers included Kassena-Nankana Municipal, Kassena-Nankana West, Talensi, Nabdam, Pusiga, Garu and Tempane.

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Talensi recorded the highest number of pregnancies with 75 ladies being put in the family way.

According to a GNA report, this was revealed by Rose Akanson, the Regional Girls Education Officer of the National Population Council (NPC), as she addressed stakeholders at a forum on the impact of COVID-19 on teenage pregnancy.

The forum was organized by the Regional Directorate of the NPC.

30 nursing mothers are reported to have taken part in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) while 26 others sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) within the aforementioned districts.

The high rate of pregnancies is attributed to poverty and coronavirus restriction.

Most of the girls who have always been pregnant over the years were partly due to late enrollment, you have a girl who is 19 years and she is in JHS one and in the Talensi District most of the pregnancies and marriages were recorded in the upper primary,” she said.

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Meanwhile, two Ghanaian policemen were able to escape unhurt after they left a gun battle even before it started in their attempt to foil a bank robbery in a suburb of Accra.

In a report sighted by on the Instagram page of United Television, it was reported that the policemen were trying to foil a bank robbery.

The robbers, upon hearing that the police were unto them, decided to use the firepower at their disposal to ward off the security forces.

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