13,520 girls aged between 12-15 are pregnant, out of school

The 2014 Regional Report from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) indicates that 13,520 girls, aged between the ages of 12 and 15, were pregnant across Ghana’s Eastern Region

Teenage pregnancy

Almost 14,000 Ghanaian girls of school age are pregnant and out of school.

Statistics provided in the 2014 Regional Report from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and quoted in a report by The Chronicle of Ghana indicates that 13,520 girls, aged between the ages of 12 and 15, were pregnant across Ghana’s Eastern Region where 7,256 girls are said to have dropped out of school between 2010 and 2012.

It is believed that teenage pregnancy is a major factor to blame for the massive dropout rates falling standard of education among girls.

The government of the region says it is already addressing the problem.

Speaking with The Chronicle, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong, said the Regional Coordinating Council, is collaboration with the Girl-Child Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service to address the problem.

Frimpong said a two-year strategic plan dubbed Eastern Regional Girl-Child Education Improvement Project, aimed at reducing the dropout rate among girls by 70 per cent, and teenage pregnancy by 50 per cent in the affected districts has been initiated.

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