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Newspaper Front Pages: Monday, May 17, 2021

Newspaper Front Pages: Monday, May 17, 2021

Daily Graphic

  • Covid-19 vaccination continues Wednesday
  • 7 persons, including family of five electrocuted

Daily Guide

  • Opuni, Agongo injured State financially – Judge
  • National Security probes fake passport scandal

The Daily Statesman

  • Ada Chiefs, elders laud progress on Songor Salt project
  • ‘Yedum siesie’ – Napo says plan to deliver reliable power on track

The Finder

  • IMF lauds Ghana for effectively managing Covid-19
  • Transport fares to increase by 20% from today

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Akufo Addo’s Free SHS Girls Came Back To School Pregnant – Headmistress Blames The Policy

Akufo Addo's Free SHS Girls Came Back To School Pregnant – Headmistress Blames The Policy
Kwahu Nkwatia Presbyterian Senior High School headmistress, Mrs Cythia Anim, reported the worrying situation in the Eastern part of the country. According to her, most of the girls in JHS and SHS returned to school pregnant, with some donning engagement rings. A report cited on Starfm.com uncovered the alarming increase of teenage pregnancy among students in the Eastern Region. According to Mrs Cythia Anim, “Some female students returned to school pregnant and wearing engagement rings. They got impregnated and were forced into marriage. But the policy says you cannot sack them from the school. So I allowed them to stay in school. I only asked them to remove the rings. In all this, it will get to a stage they will drop out of school when the belly protrudes”. She disclosed this at the Girls Education Network formed by the Plan International Ghana meeting. The conference was part of the commemoration of the Day of the African Child on June 16 of every year. Mrs Anim also blamed the situation on the law, which permits girls to legally have sex at a young age. She said that the consensual age has exposed these young girls to the cunning ways of amoral men. She said, “Government is saying that a person can go to bed with whoever he chooses at age 16. So if a girl doesn’t start KG early by 16, she is in school and legally free to have sex and at age 18 can even go ahead and marry.” “So, we have realized that our girls are getting pregnant. And they even go and marry and come back to school with their rings on, which is of very bad taste. Because we know at the basic level, a girl should not be pregnant and marry. If for anything at all it should be tertiary, but with this clause, where lies the power of school authorities to question girls who come to school with their wedding and engagement rings?” she continued. Eastern Region recorded the second-highest numbers in teenage pregnancy. A total of 109,888 adolescent girls were impregnated in 2020 in Ghana. Of which 2,865 were between 10 and 14 years. And 107,023 were between the ages of 15 years to 19 years. Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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It Is Not True: Free SHS Is Not Collapsing – Yaw Osei Adutwum

It Is Not True: Free SHS Is Not Collapsing - Yaw Osei Adutwum

Education Minister, Yaw Osei Adutwum, has pledged President Nana Akufo-Addo’s commitment to his Free Senior High School (SHS) policy in his second term.

According to him, the president is not backing down on the policy. About a month ago, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority in parliament called on the Akufo-Addo government to address the challenges associated with the ‘Free SHS’ policy.

The Minority claims the initiative is blighted by corruption due to the centralization of funds.

In a statement titled “Looming Crisis In Senior High Schools Under the FREE SHS Programme In The Country”, the group catalogued a number of challenges that have bedevilled the policy and called on the government to decentralize the funding to make it work.

“The over-centralization of the Free SHS program at the centre has accounted for the persistent challenges in the running of Senior High Schools in the country. Before the introduction of the program in 2017, school authorities were given free hands in the management of funds in their schools.

Unfortunately, the centralization of the disbursement of funds and procurement has also led to a large scale of corruption that continues to compromise the quality and quantity of items supplied,” the Minority asserted.

But speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi in an exclusive interview on Peace FM’s morning show ”Kokrokoo’, Yaw Adutwum said contrary to grapevine reports that the Free SHS policy may be discontinued, the president, in his second term, is equal to the task of ensuring no student is left out of the
programme.

He stated that aside from the government absorbing all the school fees that parents and guardians of the students would have borne, it also pays all utility bills of the various schools and does much more to relieve the parent and guardians of any burden to send his or her child to school.

Yaw Osei Adutwum stated emphatically that there are no challenges nor financial difficulties with the Free SHS policy in the president’s second term.

”It’s not true that the government is short of money to enhance the free Senior High School. The government has provided us with requisite funds to continue the policy this year,” he stressed.

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National Chief Imam Vents Anger Over Wesley Girls High School Ramadan Fast Brouhaha

National Chief Imam Vents Anger Over Wesley Girls High School Ramadan Fast Brouhaha

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has expressed his displeasure about reports that some schools are preventing Muslim students from taking part in Ramadan fast.

News emerged that some schools, particularly Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast were preventing Muslim students from taking part in Ramadan fast.

According to the school authorities, it was against school rules for students to undertake such exercise.

However, in a statement issued on his behalf by his spokesperson, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, the National Chief Imam expressed his displeasure at the turn of events.

The usually calm Chief Imam, in his statement, wondered why these heads of schools show him respect publicly but deny his grandchildren the opportunity to practice their faith in school.

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