THE DYNAMICS OF FEMALE EDUCATION FROM THE BASIC TO THE TERTIARY LEVELS IN GHANA: CHALLENGES AND REFLECTIONS
There continues to be inequality between the education of males and females in many countries including Ghana. Education of females contributes to improved quality of life for the individual, family, community and the nation. This article aims at identifying and discussing factors that influence female education from basic to tertiary levels. A focused integrated review approach was adopted to identify studies and reports that highlight issues of female education. The factors that impact negatively on female education included poverty and its ripple effects, for example, adolescent pregnancy, sexual and emotional harassment, menstruation and dysmenorrhoea, demands of family life and work. It was concluded that the individuals, families, communities (and the nation as a whole) should adopt context-specific measures that enhance female education. It was recommended that strategies which support female education such as, a flexible academic schedule, should be implemented.
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