An youth and family-focused NGO, J Initiative has urged the Akufo-Addo led administration to introduce free sanitary pads for girls in senior high schools as part of the Free SHS programme.
According a research work conducted by the NGO, 95% of girls abandon school during their period because they cannot afford to buy sanitary pads, a situation J Initiative says affects academic work immensely.
The organization in a statement noted that if the free SHS programme is to ensure and remove barrier to education then it is important government also provide sanitary towels to the girls in high school as well.
The statement further noted Ghana can take a cue from Kenya, which provides free free sanitary towels to schoolgirls in deprived areas.
“It is sad to note that the Free Senior High School programme that seeks to remove cost barriers to education and ensure that no child is left behind has woefully failed to include the provision of sanitary pads into the list of things that the government will be catering for under the programme.”
In conclusion the NGO said if poor menstrual hygiene can cause the girl child to absent themselves from school work then it’s prudent “the provision of these sanitary towels are made obligatory rather than optional”.
The statement said the lack of free sanitary towels for schoolgirls should not be allowed to defeat the purpose of the Free SHS.