Peter Boamah Otokunor, Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has revealed that 5,500 of the double track students under the Free Senior High School (SHS) are pregnant.
According to Mr. Otokunor, he blames the Akufo-Addo led administration for the lack of a tack in implementing the Free SHS policy, subsequently dividing into tracks and making the teenage female students prone to pregnancy.
Speaking on Kumasi-Based Otec Fm , Mr. Otokunor said “The last time we conducted a survey in Ghana and realized that averagely in every constituency, 20 teenage girls under the double-track system are pregnant”.
Asked by the host why they are shielding such a survey, he responded “It is all over…we have been talking about it. The males among them if care is not taken they may also join bad groups and become criminals or wee smokers”
Mr. Otokunor added “if this is not a bad government, then I don’t know another definition of a bad government. They attend school for two months and sit home for three months and that is a cause of the teenage pregnancy”
The NDC executive said he felt “Akufo-Addo has lost touch” with issues because Mahama and the NDC have never opposed the Free SHS policy.
“Students enjoying free SHS are being bitten by mosquitoes because there is no school building to sit in to learn; they are getting pregnant here and there because when their track ends and they go home, they have nothing to do; that is why we were advocating for infrastructure,” he said.
Otokunor said the president is not in touch with the reality in this country as he is completely out of touch because NDC has continuously indicated that they would review the free SHS policy.