20 November 2012

Ghana: Teenage Pregancy On the Increase At Kintampo

THE KINTAMPO South District Education Directorate in the Brong Ahafo Region has disclosed that teenage pregnancy among pupils of both primary and Junior High Schools in the area is on the increase.

According to Mr. Daniel Antwi, the district education director, the Girl-Child Education Unit on either daily or monthly basis received reports of teenage pregnancy.

The Director, who was speaking to The Chronicle at Jema in an interview, disclosed that his outfit was making efforts to get the men who caused the pregnancies, but to no avail, as some parents prefer demanding compensations from the men than lodging complaints with the police.

This, according to Mr. Antwi, has become a concern to them, and in order to curb the situation, the district director revealed that his outfit and the World Vision have collaborated to carry out intensive education in the district on the need to abstain from sex.

He announced that just last week, his officer in charge of girl-child education reported that two children from a particular school, which he declined to mention, have being impregnated.

He continued that the teenage pregnancy has become a problem for them because it has actually affected the performance of the children in the schools.

Mr. Antwi noted that for the past years, the Kintampo South schools have performed badly in their BECE, until last year that they were able to record 65.52 percent. He gave past results in percentage terms as 24 % in 2010; 28% in 2011, 65.52% in the last BECE exams.

The Director also disclosed that for the past two years, the Kintampo South had been listed last on the table of 22 districts in the Brong Ahafo Region.

According to him, the achievement of the 65.52 percent followed a planned strategy by the collaboration of the directorate and teachers in the area

He said extra classes, even during weekends had to be organized under the support of the World Vision International, an international Non-Governmental Organization, the district assembly and the Member of Parliament for Kintampo South, Hon. Effah Baafi, before the last results was recorded.

Meanwhile, the government has donated some RLG computers to some schools in Kintampo South. The computers and note books were presented to the District Director of Education, Mr. Dan Antwi by the District Chief Executive for the area, Hon. Nyame Darteakwa, at a short ceremony.

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