A total of 676 pupils have been impregnated in the Volta region during the Lock-down and the closure of schools in the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a survey conducted by the Ghana Education service, a number of 676 pupils (Females) got pregnant within the month of March to September 2020. Out of the total figure, 176 were Primary students, 32, Junior High and 175 students in Senior Secondary School. In the survey, Keta recorded a figure of 92 pregnant teens making it the highest figure recorded, Hohoe followed with 86, and Ketu South came third with 82 pregnancies.
Disclosing to the Public, Mr Gideon Tsawodzi, Volta Regional Guide coordinator of the GES said, the cause of the problem is due to late admission to the school. He re-echoed that, the gap in the guidance and counseling also serves as a major factor. “Communities have become sexually promiscuous, and were not able to safeguard the sexual rights of the girl-child,” he said.
However, according to the Regional Girls Officer for GES, Mrs. Millicent Dakeh, the figures could be higher as most girls have left their communities during the survey.
By: Mary-ann pokuaah appiah