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687 girls return to school pregnant after Covid-19 closure in Ghana

A total of 687 girls in the Upper West Region returned to school pregnant as of May 2021 when schools reopened after the government announced a shutdown in March 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

Out of the number, 50 of them were in Primary Four, 105 in Primary Five, 261 in Primary Six, 48 in JHS 1, 91 in JHS 2, and 139 in JHS 3.

Madam Janet Kpan, the Upper West Region Girls’ Education Officer, disclosed this in a presentation at the “Back-To-School Campaign” Review Workshop in Wa.

She said 85 of the pregnant girls returned to school after childbirth as of May 2021.

She said out of the 85, three were in Primary Four, five each in Primary Five and Primary Six, 13 in JHS1, 24 in JHS2, and 39 in JHS3.

On school enrollment, Madam Kpan noted that enrollment at the Kindergarten (KG) decreased from 62,803 children as of March 2020 to 58,386 as of May 2021.

At the Primary level, the figures decline from 120,089 pupils as of March 2020 to 111,692 as of May 2021.

 

 

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