News reaching hypeghnewsroom.com indicates that nine teenage mothers are writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Asante Akim North District of Ashanti Region, precisely Agogo.
It is believed that out of a population of 1,216 eight other candidates are pregnant across four examination centres in the area.[irp]
Education authorities predict that the numbers could be higher from all 53 basic schools comprising 41 public and 12 private basic schools in the vicinity.
Meanwhile, ten candidates were absent, at least on the first day, at all the four centers – Oweriman, Collins, and Agogo State Senior High School Centres.[irp posts=”2054″ name=”Nurse arrested over US care home patient pregnancy”]
Mr. Ernest Kwadwo Afari, District Director of Education, is sad about the rampant of teenage pregnancy in the area despite increased access to education.
“This year the number has shot up. We didn’t have these high figures last year especially teenage mothers. You know the early stages of pregnancy it is difficult to detect. There could be more pregnancies. What we are seeing here means we are losing the fight against teenage pregnancy,” he said.[irp]
Speaking to a Kumasi based radio station, Mr. Afari said some teenage mothers had brought their mothers to the exams centres to babysit their babies while they write the exams.
He blames the absence of parental control for teenage pregnancies in the area.