- The NDC man is saying teenage girls living in private hostels will create chaos
- He says many SHS teenage girls will come home fully pregnant
A top member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is lamenting that President Akufo-Addo’s much touted Free SHS educational policy will bring forth nothing to Ghana but only breed teenage pregnant mothers.
According to Bernard Allotey Jacobs, the numerous accommodation challenges that have bedeviled various boarding schools is a recipe for chaos.
Some first year students who failed to secure boarding status at various schools have resorted to private hostels for accommodation to live on their own.
However, the NDC Central Regional Chairman speaking on the matter on Accra-based Adom FM, categorically stated that it will be unsafe for young teenage girls to live alone in private hostels far away from homes all in the name of Free SHS education.
The NDC bigwig insisted that many teenage girls at Senior High Schools will get pregnant in the process to overburden their families.
“Teenage pregnancies will increase under this Free SHS policy because many of the young girls have been forced to live in private hostels with boys and that is a recipe for disaster. Free SHS after three years will produce teenage mothers”, Allotey Jacobs lamented.
The NDC man who was clearly not happy about the trend reiterated that for a 14-year-old young girl to live alone unsupervised with teenage boys in hostels will definitely spell doom.
Allotey in his conversation submitted that though he supports the Free SHS policy, he simply could not fathom why the Akufo-Addo administration did not put in place measures to expand various boarding facilities before rolling out the policy.
He added that the educational policy which was intended to relive the burden of SHS education is rather putting the lives of many students at risk.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Educational Service (GES) is collaborating with various school heads to resolve the accommodation crisis.
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