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    Covid-19 Effects: Over 22,000 students in Upper West fail to return to school

    A total of 22,519 Kindergarten (KG), Primary and Junior High School (JHS) students in the Upper West Region have failed to return to school as of May 2021 after the shutdown in March 2020, due to Covid-19.

    Out of this, a total of 4,417 are KG pupils, 8,397 are Primary pupils, and a total of 9,705 are JHS students.

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    Madam Janet Kpan, the Regional Girls’ Education Officer in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Wa, under the “Mobilizing for Fighting Covid-19 project, being implemented by the Journalists for Human Rights in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA)”.

    She said for the KG level, enrolment was 62,803 as of March 2020 which reduced to 58,386 as of May 2021 given the difference of 4,417 students.

    She said only the Sissala West District recorded an increase in enrolment at the KG level from 4,423 as of March 2020 to 4,708 students as of May 2021, adding that Nandom Municipality also had all of its 3,227 students returning to school without any dropouts.

    Still, at the KG level, she said Wa Municipality had the highest number of 934 students not returning to school and this is closely followed by the Nadowli-Kaleo District which had a total of 839 students failing to return after the shutdown.

    At the Primary level, the Regional Girls’ Education Officer noted that a total of 120,089 students were in school as of March 2020, but this declined to 111,692 students in May 2021 with a total of 8,397 failing to return.

    However, at the Primary level, Sissala East Municipality, made an enrolment gain of 1,031 students followed by Sissala West District with 348 and Wa West also recording a gain of 254 students whilst Nandom Municipality again maintained all its students in school.

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