March 21, 2018

Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Ken Ohene Agyapong, has attributed poverty to teenage pregnancy in Ghana, noting that in homes where parents can afford you hardly see their teenage girls getting pregnant.

According to the Assin Central MP, legislators from the rural areas statistically teenage pregnancy are on the high side because parents can’t afford to take care of their children.

As someone coming from a rural constituency I must say, homes where we have parents being irresponsible you get most of their girls getting pregnant, he stated.

He called on government to come out with a policy where girls in Ghana will be given scholarships in terms of helping them stay in school.

Again in America, there is a policy for girls to go to college to study, “Math, Science and Information Technology”, as a way of encouraging girls to get involve in difficult subjects so that girls are able to take up those courses, same way as a nation I think we can do so by given special preference to girls going to school to reduce burden on parents, he added.

“Mr. Speaker you see women lineup with their kids coming for school fees and other assistance from MPs when you ask them where your husband is, they tell you either their husband are dead or since I had the child I have not seen him. When you probe further you realize that they are around they connive with these women this behaviour does not help.”

“We will begin to miss the point if we blame teachers for girls teenage pregnancy, rather the blame should go to parents and girls should be educated to take their destiny into their hands”.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/