Some educationists have urged the government and other duty bearers to facilitate re-entry into schools for adolescent mothers.
There are indications that many teenagers got pregnant during the lockdown down period, which was necessitated by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Covid-19 presented many challenges to education in the country. For almost 10 months, students were out of school. One of those challenges is that higher cases of pregnant mothers of school-going age werte recorded.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Executive Director of the Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare, and a lecturer at UEW, Anita Oforiwaa Aduboahene, who made the call asserted that this will scale up the literacy rate of women in the country.
The discussion centered on the a report by the Mastercard Foundation, dubbed ‘Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work.’ It focuses on the role of Secondary Education in helping African youth prepare for employment and be able to fulfill their potentials given the changing nature of work.
Madam, Oforiwaa Aduboahene said the teenage mothers, “need family support. Parents should, if they have the capacity, send them back to school. They should be supported in terms of funding,” Madam Oforiwaa Aduboahene said.
She contended that the young girls probably got themselves into such situations due to financial challenges. The educationist, thus, entreated families of these girls not to neglect them, rather, “support them with the necessary funding to take care of themselves and their kids while they go to school.”
For his part, Mr. Kofi Asare called for disbursement of grants to cushion such girls who have intentions of furthering their education.
He contended that girls who get pregnant and drop out of school due to economic reasons often find it difficult to re-enroll, hence, the need for relevant stakeholders to come together and ensure their re-enrollment into secondary school.
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