‘Ejected daughter’ gives birth …still rejected by mother
The 17-YEAR-OLD first year student of Akorme Senior High School who was kicked out of home by her mother for getting pregnant twice in a year has given birth to a baby girl.
She is now determined to go back to school and concentrate on her studies.
The teenager says she wants to serve in the Ghana Army after completing Senior High School.
However, her angry mother who is single has refused to accept her back home.
As a result, the girl with her new born baby is still perching with a compassionate member of the school’s Board of Governors.
The Ho West District Director of Education, Madam Celestine Korsi-Agordo told “The Spectator” at Dzolo-Kpuita on Monday that the Ghana Education Service (GES) was still negotiating with the girl’s mother to take her back to enable her to return to school.Since she (student) had learnt a bitter lesson.
According to the District Director, the lactating mother was expected to return to school within six months, “and we hope she catches up with her mates rather than repeating the class.”
Madam Agordo described the teenage mother as “academically brilliant with bright prospects of continuing her studies and achieving her ambition to become a soldier.”
She said that the girl first got pregnant at Pig Farm in Accra while in Junior High School and was supported by her mother through ante-natal care until she gave birth to a baby boy.
It was when she got pregnant again in the SHS that her mother got angry and sent her packing out of the house.
“Meanwhile, the father of the second child who is a Muslim has refused to accept the responsibility of the child,” Madam Agordo disclosed.
“We are all happy with her strong determination to go back to school and we will continue to talk to her mother to accept her back home,” the District Director of Education assured.
she explained that depriving a girl of education on the basis of giving birth would amount to an irreversible injustice because there were other girls who had gone back to school after terminating several pregnancies.
“A child who makes a mistake must be helped to do the correction and not to be treated like an outcast or a criminal,” she added.
This paper carried a news item on its front page of Saturday, May 22, 2021, with the headline “Mother ejects daughter from home… for gething pregnant twice within a year.
Pix: Ho West District Director of Education – Madam Celestine Agordo