I haven’t really been catching up with the news in Ghana. It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to know that the only issues that are up are politics and dumsor. However, I did read some pieces today which gave me the inspiration for today’s entry.
The first one was a report on a teacher claimed that he had to buy sanitary pads for his students in order that they did not skip classes. Now, middle of last year there was a big announcement by our present government stating they were taking out a loan for, amongst other things, sanitary pads. Young girls especially in rural areas were missing classes for a period (excuse the pun) every month and so however many millions in dollars were being earmarked for exactly this purpose. So why, pray-tell, did this teacher not have access to the money to cater to his girl-child students. Show him the money. This wouldn’t have been a big deal if the government had not made it such a deal, but yet they have shown another example of their lack of responsibility or accountability. #justsaying
The second article I read was about a demonstration by a group of old ladies in Kumasi. The dumsor, apparently is affecting the ability of their family members to make money, hence are not able to look after them. I am not going to comment on that, what I will comment about is, after a couple of pictures of old ladies wailing, there was another line which read that the dumsor is responsible for an increase in teenage pregnancies.
I’m going to keep this short because for the first time in history, I am speechless. I understand as adults, with no light, there is nothing better to do than to go at it like rabbits, but at the age of 15, is that what is on the minds of the youth. I am sorry but in my humble opinion, the dumsor is not the reason for teenage pregnancies, it is a lack of education. Somebody buy these kids a book and a torch, they need to be stimulating their minds and not their nether regions. The old ladies, instead of demonstrating on the streets, grow some kontomire and cassava in your back yard, and spend more time with your children so they don’t feel the need to go off banging the locals. I have stayed in my village for a while; you don’t need much in terms of material wealth. That’s just my advice though, if anyone else out there has better advice, feel free to comment. Maybe I am wrong in my thoughts but dumsor can be blamed for a lot of things, they state of the economy, even mental health (it sent me crazy a few times). Teenagers humping, if the light off contributes to the male child not being able to see where to put his condom on, then you have made your point, if not please let me know how it has any bearing because I just don’t understand.