Case Study

Study on girls dropping out of school due to teenage pregnancy

Lardi Asampana and her baby daughter, Bridget Asampana, in Bongo Soe in the Upper East Region of Ghana on 23 July 2015


The research was commissioned to explore and improve understanding of the different factors that frame pregnancy and schooling among adolescent girls to inform policy and guidelines. In January 2017 this task was executed by addressing the following specific objectives:

1.    Outlining the socio-economic and cultural factors that lead school girls into pregnancy and dropping out of school;
2.    Exploring the factors facilitating and/or preventing girls from going back to school after delivery;
3.    Assessing support systems needed by, and available to, school-going mothers.
4.    Examining any differences in the preceding perspectives, between the northern, southern and middle belts to girls’ re-entry after delivery;
5.    Recommending strategies to inform ongoing Ghana Education Service guidelines surrounding pregnancy and re-entry into school after delivery.

The study was conducted in selected districts in the Upper East, Volta and Central Regions. A total of 90 respondents were covered through in-depth and key informant interviews and focus group discussions. They included in and out of school pregnant girls and mothers, school officers, Girls’ Education Unit officials, parents and community members.

Case Study - Girls who have dropped out of school due to teenage pregnancy
Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast
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