Reverend Father Jude Eduafo Ampah, the Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Catholic Church at Apam, has said the policy of the Ghana Education Service to allow pregnant students to continue their education in that state, was ill-advised.
Father Ampah said it was unfair for such girls who needed rest to carry on with their protruding stomachs to and from schools adding that in some instances, some students even see it as a fashion and try to copy it.
He appealed to the Ghana Education Service to make such girls stay at home with their pregnancy and mandated if possible to continue with their education after delivery.
In a sermon at a church service at Apam, Father Ampah said, it was no surprise that 762 teenage pregnancies were recorded in the Gomoa West District alone in 2012, according to the Ghana Health Service report.
He appealed to chiefs, queens, parents-teacher associations, school management committees and parents to take immediate steps to arrest the spate of teenage pregnancy otherwise.
Father Ampah attributed the problem to lack of parental control and inability of parents to provide the basic needs for their daughters and appealed to all stakeholders in the society to live up to their responsibilities.