Female Education in Senior High Schools in Gomoa West District of the Central Region of Ghana: the Perspective of the Female Students
The study purposed to examine female education and affirmative action in Senior High Schools in Gomoa West District of the Central region, Ghana. Three research questions were formulated to guide the study. The study used descriptive survey. The target population of the study was the Female students of the three Senior High Schools in Gomoa West District. The simple random sampling was used to get 200 respondents. The study used questionnaires for data collection and the data were analyzed using SPSS. The findings from the study showed that factors such as cultural practices and entrenched beliefs, poverty, low level of education of parents, unconducive school environment, early marriages, teacher absenteeism, parental negative attitude towards education, inadequate parental attention to girl's education, affected female education in Gomoa West district negatively. Also, measures such as provision of basic educational materials, educational training to girls, basic needs to girls, training of teachers to become Teacher Mentors to mentor girls in schools, involvement of more girls in school activities and sensitizing community against early child marriages were put in place to promote female education. Female students are satisfied with measures put in place by stakeholders in the district to promote female education. They also believed that measures and educational policies put in place to promote female education in the district are effective and impactful. Female students are also involved in school leadership and they fully participate in school activities. The researcher recommends stakeholders to continue to do more in providing girls in Senior High Schools with basic bursary items to enable them enroll in school, stay in and complete school successfully.
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