Over 500 students pregnant in Benin after COVID-19 lockdown

The Beninese News Agency (ABP) has said that over 500 pregnancies were recorded in secondary schools across Benin’s northeastern department of Borgou during the 2019-2020 school year, when the country was on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quoting Thomas Adam, a representative of the Child Protection Department of Secondary Education and Professional and Technical Training Ministry, the ABP report said:

“Altogether, 547 out of 36,487 school girls regularly registered were pregnant during the 2019-2020 school year as against 431 cases in 2018-2019.”

Mr Thomas Adam of the child protection agency attributed the increase in the cases of student pregnancies to the long cessation of classes observed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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