Shocking Male students of UCC named in high rate of teenage pregnancies

The male students are reported to have impregnated young girls in the region

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A research conducted by the National Service Personnel Association of Cape Coast Branch has blamed male students of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in the Central Region for impregnating teenage girls in the region.

The students lure the girls who are mostly from poor homes with money and have sex with them.

READ MORE: Central Region records over 5000 teenage pregnancies in 2016

The research shows that the male students are behind 80% of the pregnancies especially in the Amamoma, Apewosika, Kwesi Prah metropolis.


Some of the students according to the report have even impregnated four girls in the area aged between 13-16yrs.

The central region especially Cape Coast has been in the news for the past weeks for the wrong reasons in terms of the high rate of teenage pregnancies with some teenage girls reporting of being paid GH¢1 and recharge cards in exchange for sex.

Some 5,000 teenage girls have also been reported in the entire region for been pregnant according to the Member of Parliament for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem (KEEA) constituency Samuel Atta Mills.

430 were recorded among females aged between 13 and 15, while the remaining 4682 pregnancies were recorded among females aged between 16 and 19 out of the total number.


READ ALSO: Community introduces 300 cedi fine targeted at teachers who impregnate schoolgirls

According to the MP, "When you look at those who impregnated these children, primary school teachers were 301, tertiary school teachers were 48, small-scale farmers were 986, large-scale farmers were 62, fishermen were 295, clerical officers 1, health workers 1, lawyers 4, engineers 11, drivers 676, masons 232, students 187, carpenters 93, traders 173, motor bike riders 35, galamsey workers 397."

The Central Region has consistently topped the chart of regions with the highest number of teenage pregnancies in the country.

A 2014 report on teenage pregnancy in Ghana compiled by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, observed that people living along the coastal areas particularly the Central Region, and the Greater Accra Region, witnessed high rates of teenage pregnancy prevalence.

READ MORE: 18,441 teenage pregnancy cases recorded in 2016

About 231 of all teenage pregnancies were girls of age 14 and below.

Meanwhile, 3,576 of the teenage girls are still single with 283 married to their partners.

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