Eighteen pupils from 13 junior high schools in the Nanumba South District of the Northern Region who got pregnant had been sent home to deliver before returning to school, Mr Mohammed Ben Ibrahim the District Guidance and Counselling Coordinator has announced.
Mr Ben Ibrahim, who announced this at a capacity building workshop in Tamale on Tuesday for District Guidance and Counselling Coordinators in the Northern Region, said he discovered the situation during his recent tour of the schools in the district this year.
The workshop, organised by the Northern Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service and funded by NORSAAC, a non-governmental organisation, was to equip the guidance and counselling coordinators to effectively carry out their functions at the school level.
Mr Ben Ibrahim blamed the incidence of pregnancy amongst pupils at the district on poor parental guidance.
He said there were only six trained guidance and counselling professionals at the district that had 89 Junior High Schools, a situation that was inappropriate for effective guidance and counselling services for pupils.
Madam Linda Amoah, Northern Regional Guidance and Counselling Coordinator tasked the District Guidance and Counselling Coordinators to wake up to test to help address the incidence of teenage pregnancy and indiscipline at schools in the region.
She said a proper functioning guidance and counselling unit should help pupils to overcome their differences without resorting to riot as well as help them to avoid teenage pregnancy.
Madam Hafsatu Sey Sumani, Head of Programmes and Policy at NORSAAC said it sponsored the workshop as part of efforts to support sensitisation on sexual and reproductive health rights, which was key in addressing issues of teenage pregnancy.