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Over 7,000 teenage pregnancies recorded in basic and second cycle schools in 2018/19

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The National Director of Girls Education Unit, at the Ghana Education Service (GES) Benedicta Seidu, says the country recorded 7,293 teenage pregnancies in basic and second cycle schools in the 2018-2019 academic years across the country.

She said the Upper Primary recorded 1,024, Junior High School (JHS) 4,836 and Senior High School (SHS) 1433.

Mrs Seidu disclosed this at the third CAMFED Alumnae Association (CAMA) National Annual General Meeting in Tamale.

The meeting was on the theme: “Positioning CAMA for the Next Five Years: Focus on Enterprise Development and Leadership for Nation Building”.

She said 399 victims, comprising 180 Upper Primary, 2,326 JHS and 693 SHS victims were re-enrolled into school after birth.

Mrs Seidu therefore called on heads of schools to support such victims and not send them home, to enable them to fulfil their life ambitions.

The Programmes Manager at CAMFED Ghana, Rashidatu Iddrisah announced that in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, her outfit will implement a five-year Young Africa Works strategy aimed at reducing unemployment among young people in Ghana.

The National Chairperson of CAMA, Ruka Yaro De-Liman, appealed to parents who forcefully give out their girls for marriage to desist from the act since it is an abuse of their human rights.

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