Girl enrolment surges in CR

Ghana is initiatives for enhanced girl-child education

Ghana is initiatives for enhanced girl-child education

Scholarship schemes, girls education camps, clubs and other social interventions at the pre and basic school levels have helped to increase girl enrolment in the Central Region.

The Central Regional Education Director, Mrs. Nora Afful, who told the Ghana News Agency said apart from the interventions, the regional office of the Ghana Education Service, also implemented a role model outreach programme in rural schools to encourage young girls to aspire to higher heights.

Mrs. Afful said with the various interventions, a total of 57,537 girls were enrolled at the kindergarten level, while 143,232 were admitted at the primary level, with 55,725 getting into the Junior High Schools last year.

She, however, expressed worry that 88 female candidates who sat for the 2014 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the region were pregnant.

They, were, however, allowed to write the exams.

Mrs. Afful underscored the importance of girl child education, saying if a girl was denied her right to education, it increased her risk of being exploited, and abused.

“Educating girls, however, is a step towards eliminating poverty, advancing human development and stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, and promoting girls’ education would also get the boys to school,” she explained.

The Central Region is one of the poorest region in the country.

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