Teenage pregnancy, galamsey, and its related activities continue to hamper quality education among basic school pupils in the Bolgatanga East District of the Upper East Region.
According to the District Chief Executive for the area, David Amoah, children below the age of 16 continue to drop out of schools.
The situation, he said, needs urgent attention as numerous efforts have been made and continue to be made by the assembly, but the canker continues to persist each day.
The DCE made this known to A1 Radio when the Assembly on 24th January 2023 donated 400 dual desks to some basic schools.
He said, “It pains my heart anytime I’m speaking about these cankers hampering quality education in the district. These two difficult evils; the galamsey, and teenage pregnancy are causing a lot of havoc among pupils, especially girl-child. So, I’m appealing to parents, and relevant authorities to come to our aid. It is sad to see our children turning into teenage mothers and dropping out of school. This is a call that I’m making to all and sundry, especially the NGOs to let us all fine tune these challenges.”
Buttressing the DCE’s point, the District Director of Education, George Asira also revealed that for the past two years, the rate of school absenteeism at the basic schools has increased, especially among the boy-child.
He added also that the directorate has also exhausted all the mechanisms to curtail the canker.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana