The Minority in Parliament has alleged that over 1,400 Free Senior High School students got impregnated and dropped out of school in 2018/2019 academic year.
The Minority MPs argue that the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies recorded is as a result of the introduction of the double-track system under government's flagship programme, Free SHS policy.
According to them, the long vacation exposes the students to social risk such as teenage pregnancy, alcoholism and cultivation of deviant behaviour among others.
Addressing a press conference earlier today November 6 2019, the Ranking Member on the Education Committee in Parliament Peter Nortsu Kotoe indicated that Free SHS has caused 1400 free SHS girls impregnated resulting in school drop out
“There are teenage pregnancies being recorded in some senior high schools, within a space of one year alone, that is the last academic year alone 2018/2019, over 1433 girls at senior high schools across the country were impregnated and dropped out of schools.
“The long and frequent semester breaks are the major causes of teenage pregnancies, students spend eight weeks at school and the same length of time at home. The double-track system…is not helping in the delivery of quality education in our senior high schools, students are made to go on long vacations after spending a few days in school, and sometimes the reopening date for one track is postponed to the disadvantage of parents.”
The Minority spokesperson on Education also questioned the quality of food being fed to the beneficiaries and the unavailability of textbooks for students.
He further indicated that said the double-track system is not helping in the delivery of quality education in Senior High Schools across the country.
The NDC MPs are demanding measures to immediately phase out the double-track system which is not inuring to the benefit of the students.
However, the Overload of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has stated that he is optimistic Free SHS introduced by the government will be a game-changer to Ghana's development.
He said the fundamental stimuli of every developed country is access to quality education and that parents to take advantage of the policy to educate their children.
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