A Deputy Minister-nominee for Education, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, has stressed the need to re-integrate teenage mothers back into society after they have delivered successfully.
Statistics indicate that teenage pregnancy cases have shot up significantly across the country.
Taking her turn before Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Thursday, June 10, 2021, Madam Gifty Twum-Ampofo, indicated that the move will ensure that discrimination against teenage mothers diminishes over time.
According to her, this will give the children a brighter future.
“We are getting a system where the child is not stigmatised, and she can confidently come back to school, and most often we prefer them coming back to the same school.”
“Even though the child didn’t take all the steps that have been put in place to prevent teenage pregnancy, the future of the child is still important, so the child is encouraged to go back to school.”
According to Policy research and advocacy NGO, Africa Education Watch, findings from its research conducted in 200 schools across the country, revealed that the Free Senior High School system and the Coronavirus pandemic contributed to the increasing teenage pregnancies in Ghana.
Kofi Asare, the Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, on September 10, 2020, that the current architecture of admissions under the free Senior High School system did not permit re-entry.
“The Free Senior High School programme gives students a unique ID number and that number is the basis for which the government pays your fees. That number is valid for only three years,” he explained.
He also said his NGO is engaging the Minister of Education and other stakeholders to come up with a more flexible admission process into Senior High Schools for girls who try to return to school after pregnancy.
There have been discussions on teenage pregnancy after the Central Region recorded a total of 3,198 teen pregnancies from January to May this year.
According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), drivers, farmers, and teachers continue to be the group of men who are impregnating the teens in the region.