Punish Pregnant School Girls — Educationist

prof naana janeA Deputy Director of Education, Madam Bernadette Banongwie, has suggested that basic school girls who get pregnant should be punished severely to serve as deterrents for their peers.

“The government is investing so much in the education of the girl-child, so any girl who decides to waste such resources through loose morals, should be made to pay back,” she emphasised.

Madam Banongwie, who is the Head of the Inspectorate Division, Ghana Education Service headquarters, was speaking at the inauguration of the executives of Girls Club at Nadowli in the Nadowli-Kaleo District of the Upper West Region.
The programme was on the theme: ‘Girl education: Moving from enrolment to retention and achievement’, and was sponsored by the Global Partnership for Educational Grants.

Madam Banongwie insisted that any girl who gets pregnant not through rape, does so with consent, and should therefore be punished.
According to her, “globally one out of every three girls is denied education by the daily realities of poverty, violence, cultural practices and discrimination, while 50 percent of the girls in poor countries do not attend school”.

She was unhappy that at the tertiary level, parents often prefer male children over females, with the reason that the male would remain a member of the family, while the girl would marry into a different one.
Mad Banongwie pointed out that despite the vigorous sensitisation programmes of the GES, non-governmental organisations and religious bodies, to the need for girl-child education, ill practices such as elopement, teenage pregnancy and early marriage persist in the district and thwart them.
The Regional Girl-Child Education Officer, Madam Anacleta Naab, advised girls to eschew sexual immorality and rather concentrate on their studies, to become successful in future.

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