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Regional News Fri, 24 May 2013

Parents urged to support girls to stay in school

Parents at Abandze in the Central Region have been educated at a forum on the need to support the girl-child to stay in school.

The forum was organised by the Girls Unit of the Central Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in view of the high incidence of teenage pregnancy in the region.

The Central Region recorded 14,000 teenage pregnancies last year. The number represented a 62-per cent increase in teenage pregnancies recorded in the region over the previous year.

The Regional Officer of the unit, Ms Nora Afful, said many of the girls were ignorant about their physiological changes because parents had failed to educate girls on the changes, leaving all the responsibility for teachers.

Ms Afful said the girls became vulnerable as they did not have knowledge and so fell prey to men.

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She said parents must take up the responsibility and ensure that girls were able to go through school and continue to the highest level.

She said parents must rise above poverty and determine to provide the basic needs of the girls to prevent them from getting involved in sexual activities.

She said the fora would be organised in all the districts to help curb the menace.

Ms Afful said education was one sure way to break the vicious cycle of poverty in families and the communities.

She urged the parents to make use of the information acquired at the forum and educate their girls on healthy sexual lifestyles.

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Rev. Mrs Susanna Boateng of the Abandze Methodist Church called on parents to train their children in the fear of the Lord to encourage them to live morally upright lives.

She said the fear of the Lord would help girls to stay chaste.

The forum called on fathers to play crucial roles in the development of all their children, including the girl-child.

Source: Daily Graphic