In a recent survey by Ghana Education Service in the Volta Regional, a whopping number of 676 school children were impregnated between March to September. At the time when coronavirus was at its peak.
This was made known at a meeting of the Volta Regional Child Protection Committee by Mr. Gideon Tsawodi the regional Guide Coordinator of the Ghana Education Service
The findings as presented by Mr. Gideon Tsawodi specify that out of the 676 pregnant students, 325 in Junior High (JHS), 175 were in Senior High School (SHS) and 176 of them were primary pupils,
Surprisingly a total of 285 nursing mothers were also recorded to be in school, the majority of which were JHS and SHS students.
He further revealed that Keta with a total of 92 students recorded the highest number of student pregnancies, while Hohoe followed suit with 86 students with Ketu South clinching the third spot with 82 students.
Speaking at the event, he said the situation was endemic, and that late admission to was counted as a primary cause of the whole issue.
Stressing on some other causes, Mr Gideon Tsawodzi said gaps in guidance and counselling also remained a key factor.
He added that the recent high levels of sexual promiscuity in the communities played a key role. Hence the inability to safeguard the sexual rights of the girl-child.