Unprotected sex is contributing to a surge in teenage pregnancy in the Tano North Municipality of the Ahafo region.
The report shows that more girls in the Tano North Municipality, some as low as 12 years, could not complete their basic education because of unwanted pregnancies.
In the year 2019, the Municipality recorded 306 pregnancies mostly between 13 to 17 years. 326 in 2016, 404 in 2017, and 437 in 2018.
Mrs. Freda Prempeh, the Deputy Minister for Gender, children, and social protection raised the concern when she interacted with more than 500 pupils at a forum on Tuesday, October 13, at Duayaw Nkkwanta.
The Gender Ministry with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Organised the forum to sensitize the participation of child right intervention, laws, conventions, and protocols.
Freda Prempeh appealed to parents to collaborate with traditional authorities to monitor the movement of girls in the area to help in the drastic reduction, if not total prevention of the teenage pregnancy menace.
She also appealed to mothers to share with the young girls the dangers of becoming pregnant on the street.
Some of the pupils share their views with Atinka TV news.
Report by Ebenezer Berfi,B/A