The Upper West Regional Girls’ Education Officer at the Ghana Education Service (GES), has said, no girl child has completed the Sawoubea Junior High School (JHS) in the Wa East District since its establishment about 25 years ago, due to child marriage.
Madam Annacleta Viiru made this revelation at a forum in Wa during the weekend, expressing her disappointment, she said the situation is worrying as the girls are denied their right to education and development. She added that the highest educational level girls in the area have ever attained is JHS Two before being married off.
The Girls’ Education Officer attributed the challenge to cultural practices and called for concerted efforts by stakeholders to enable girls to have access to education to develop their full to their potential.
She said several factors such as teenage pregnancy, elopement, abduction and puberty rights are affecting the education of girls in the region and called for stiffer punishment for perpetrators of the acts to serve as a deterrent to others.
According to her, “last year about eight girls were sent for marriage and the teachers reported to the Wa East District Gender Desk Officer and we picked the matter up”.
She, however, regretted that at the time of the intervention, two of the girls were pregnant and one had already given birth.
She also bemoaned the lack of resources and logistics constraining the efforts of her unit to effectively monitor girl child education in the region.