E/R: Two SHS final year students give birth, others pregnant

Two final year students of St. Fidelis Senior High Technical School in the Kwahu Afram Plains South District of the Eastern region who recently delivered and a seven-month-old Pregnant Student are struggling to cope with the compulsory boarding directive.

President Akufo Addo directed that all final year Senior High School (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students who resumed academic exercise on 22nd June 2020 to complete the academic calendar must be in the boarding house as a measure to control the spread of Coronavirus in schools.

However, due to the awkward situations the two final year students find themselves, they have not been able to resume academic work despite willing to write the West Africa Senior High Certificate Examination (WASCE) starting this month.

But one of the lactating students on Tuesday wrote to the Headmaster of the School and copied the District Director of Education Service about her condition asking for permission to come to school from home to enable her take care of her child and at the same time partake in teaching and learning to prepare for the exams.

A family member of the student told Starr News “she was a boarding student but got pregnant and delivered just before the government reopened schools so it means we had to take her from the boarding to stay in the house. But because of the directive that all the students should stay in school, she was not able to go because of the child. So we wrote a letter to the headmaster begging him to let her go to school from the house. So she has been going to the school just that she feels tired and always be sleeping in class because the baby doesn’t allow her to have enough sleep”

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Starr News has gathered that the lactating student has been betrothed to the man who impregnated her at Tease Community where she is cohabitating.

One other lactating student and a heavily Pregnant student are, however, yet to report to School due to the unfavourable boarding directive.

Teenage Pregnancy is prevalent in Afram Plains area due to poverty and other socio-economic factors.

Many victims of teenage Pregnancy are forced into marriages with the perpetrators by their parents.

The Chief Executive Officer of International Child Development Program (ICDP) Joyce Lanyo, says it is important for stakeholders in the District to ensure that the students are supported to write the exams and prevent being forced into marriage with the perpetrators.

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ICDP which is implementing Partner for Girls Advocacy Alliance a project initiative of Plan International Ghana seeking to eradicate Child marriage and gender-based violence said, many teenage girls are being forced into marriage at the expense of their education during such situations.

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Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh


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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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