June 14, 2021
By Alhaji Haruna Sani
Deputy Minister MBSSE, Hon. Emily Gogra & Heather M. Campbell, country director, save the children
The Deputy Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education (MBSSE), Emily Gogra, disclosed last Friday that, more than 15 pregnant girls took this year’s National Primary School Examinations (NPSE).
She made the above disclosure during the launch of the ‘Back to School Sierra Leone’ on Wednesday 9th June,2021, which was organized by Save the Children in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education.
The minister said partial statistics that have reached the ministry indicated that 15 pregnant children took this year’s NPSE.
She said public education and social mobilization was done in all districts so that they would be aware of radical inclusion policy set by the ministry.
Part of the radical inclusion, she said was allowing every girl to be in school, including pregnant girl.
“Most of the stakeholders frowned at the idea of allowing pregnant girls in school, demanding that pregnant girls be driven from school. We told them that pregnant girls should not be driven from school because that deprived them of education,” she stated.
The deputy minister said depriving pregnant girls from schooling and allowing the boys that might have impregnated them is the highest form of injustice.
According to Save the Children, the Back to School’ campaign is key to protecting every child’s right to learn in Covid-19 response and recovery period.