A total of 35 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates are pregnant in the Adansi South District of the Ashanti Region.
The district education director of Adansi South, Mrs Evelyn Benewoe, told Kumasi-based Angel FM that 12 of the 35 candidates could not write the exams.
Mrs Benewoe said many of the pregnant candidates she spoke said they had got involved in relationships because their parents had not cared for them well and that even their feeding had been a problem.
She stressed the need for parents to take proper care of their children in order to ensure that they do not end up with pregnancies that could threaten their education.
Meanwhile, a 19-year-old BECE candidate from Nketepa D/A Primary and JHS at Kwahu Nketepa in the Eastern Region delivered a baby girl at about at 2am on Monday – the day the examinations began.
Augustina Okronipa, however, managed to write the exams which began a few hours later, according to a report by Accra-based Class FM.
She is said to have embarked on an hour’s journey to the exams centre to write the first paper, after which she returned home to feed the baby.
She then made the journey again for the second paper of the day, according to the report.