Menstruating school girls not allowed to cross River Ofin

Menstruating school girls not allowed to cross River Ofin
Source: Ghana|| Oswald K. Azumah
Date: 10-01-2018 Time: 01:01:19:pm
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The Central Regional Minister is set to liaise with his Ashanti Regional counterpart to build schools in the Ashanti Region communities around River Ofin as it has emerged school girls are prevented from crossing the river when they are menstruating.

The 'directive' from the gods also bars women from crossing the river on Tuesdays.

This situation has adversely affected the education of girls in the Ashanti Region communities as they have to cross the river on a daily basis to access education on the other side.

In a meeting to coordinate and evaluate the performances of public basic schools in the region, the Upper Denkyira East Amoafo Circuit Supervisor of Education, Evans Acquah, made it known that the situation is resulting in a poor output in the performance of the girls in their final exams. 

The Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, says he will liaise with the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, to build schools for the communities on the other side of the river which lies in the Ashanti Region as a permanent cure to the situation.

Kwamena Duncan 2017

Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan

“I cannot see how a river god will rather be that discriminatory toward the girl child so we will pass it to the minister [regarding] the need to get a school”…an outraged Central Regional Minister said.

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The order said to be from the gods, in turn, violates the Educational Rights of the girls as spelt out in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which states that education must be made available to all.

Article 25 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana also opens with the sentence “All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities…”

The River, Ofin lies on the boundary between the Ashanti and Central Regions. Children from the Ashanti Region communities near the river cross it to attend school at the Kyekyewere community which is in the Central Region.

Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, says the Ministry will take the issue up so school children would not have to cross a river to go to school.

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum

He was speaking while on a tour of the Greater Accra Region to assess implementation of the free SHS programme. 

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