GES Takes Steps To Reduce Illicit Abortion Among School Children

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has committed its support for efforts to reduce the threat of illegal abortion among Ghanaian schoolgirls.


It stated that there was a pressing need to allow and open discussions regarding adolescent reproductive and sexual health in order for young people to make educated decisions about their sexuality, sexual rights, and morals.


Mrs. Alberta Ayeh, Central Regional Early Childhood Education Coordinator, said Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) clubs had been established in schools to combat illicit abortion.


She explained that the move was also intended to facilitate dialogues about delicate adolescent topics, discourage unsafe abortions that could result in death, and provide avenues for them to obtain safe abortion treatment.


She was addressing at the Regional Child Protection Committee’s first quarterly meeting.


UNICEF funded the meeting, which was convened at the request of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection’s Department of Children.


Previously, Mrs. Ayeh remarked, the GES had no authority to discuss abortions or family planning, but it had recently learned that parents were bringing their children to the service.


We want to do this to ensure these children’s futures; we want to teach them that they can attend school even if they are pregnant, and we want to guide them through everything else they need to know; we will not sit by and watch children die as a result of unsafe abortions,” she added.


Motorists, teachers, fishermen, and artisans, according to Mrs Beatrice Asirifi, Central Regional Public Health Nurse, are to blame for the region’s never-ending adolescent pregnancy records.


She stated that these findings were confirmed by the Ghana Health Service’s (GHS) “Who Got The Teenager Pregnant” project, which was developed to develop measures to prevent adolescent pregnancy in the region.


Mrs Asirifi was overjoyed to learn that adolescents were beginning to embrace the notion of using family planning and other adolescent services.


In terms of statistics, she stated that in 2021, 43 percent of pregnant girls had completed elementary school, 20% were still in primary school, 19% were in junior high school (JHS), 20% were cohabiting, and 2% were already married.


Sergeant Richard Twum, Investigator with the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), asked parents to take up the role of sex coaches for their young sons as a way forward.


“Don’t leave it to the school or the priest, you may lose your son to the law, eventually,” she added, adding that parents should not avoid discussing sex and associated matters with their sons.


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