Blame double track and COVID-19 for high teenage pregnancy cases — Mr. Darku-Alazar

The National Vice Chairman of the Coalition of NGOs, Mr. Ninsau Kwesi Darku-Alazar has disclosed that the double track system in high schools and the current global pandemic (COVID-19) should be blamed for the high teenage pregnancy cases.

The Ghana Coalition of NGOs has raised an argument that the current major cases of the high increase in the numbers of the teenage pregnancy cases are the double track system of high school education and the COVID-19.

Mr. Darku-Alazar disclosed “As the children stay at home for long, some attend classes and begin to relate fraternally unlike the old system where students stay at home for just one month or two”

Below is the regional breakdown of teenage pregnancy cases in 2020.

  1. Ashanti Region — 17,802
  2. Eastern Region — 10,865
  3. Central Region — 10,301
  4. Northern Region — 9,249
  5. Greater Accra Region — 9,018
  6. Western Region — 8,533
  7. Upper East Region — 6,533
  8. Volta Region — 6,144
  9. Bono East Region — 5,741
  10. Bono Region — 4,478
  11. Oti Region — 3,970
  12. North East Region — 3,780
  13. Western North Region —3,750
  14. Upper West Region — 3,583
  15. Savannah Region — 3,516
  16. Ahafo Region — 2,626

Mr. Darku-Alazar explained that the Ashanti region has a huge population hence all other things being equal, it is expected to be seen on top on such breakdown. He also urged the government, CSOs and the parents to rekindle sexuality education among children by ensuring the teenagers understand what it takes to prevent unwanted pregnancy

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