127 Girls From a Region Missed WASSCE, BECE in Ghana Because of Pregnancy

MORE than one hundred girls from a region in Ghana did not write last year’s West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination – WASSCE, because they were pregnant, authorities have said.

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The Northern Regional Director of Education, Dr. Peter Attafuah, has revealed that a total of 127 girls from the region missed the 2020 WASSCE and the Basic Education Certificate Examination – BECE because they were expecting babies.

Dr. Attafuah stated that even though pregnancies among BECE and WASSCE candidates were not new, “the number was high in 2020 as compared to the previous years”.

The Northern Regional Director of Education indicated that Gushegu District recorded the highest with 19 pregnancies, followed by Saboba District, which recorded 18 pregnancies.

The remaining districts recorded pregnancies with the exception of Karaga and Mion districts as well as the Savelugu Municipal, which did not record any pregnancy cases across the junior high schools – JHS.

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