Journal of Social Sciences

ACCESS TO AND DROPOUT OF GIRLS FROM SCHOOL: A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS OF MARRIAGE ARRANGEMENTS ON GIRL-CHILD EDUCATION IN BOLNI

Matthew Gmalifo Mabefam and Kofi Ohene-Konadu

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2013.119.126

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 9, Issue 3

Pages 119-126

Abstract

The education of the girl-child has suffered many setbacks both in the past and at the present. As a result some girls are denied access while others are forced to drop out-of-school especially in rural Ghana. This study therefore examined the effects of marriage arrangements on girl-child education in Bolni, a rural community in the Nanumba North District of the Northern Region, Ghana. The study adopted a quantitative method of research design and employed questionnaire in collecting data. Eighty respondents were sampled for the study. The study used simple regression analysis to determine the relationship between marriage arrangements and girl-child education while t-test was used to validate the hypotheses. Exchange, Betrothal and preferred marriage arrangements all had relationships with girl-child education and the effects of such relationships were inimical to their ability to access school or remain in school. Hence the increase in the number of girls involved in a marriage arrangement led to a corresponding increase in the number of girls who were either denied access to or dropped out from school. It is recommended that, school social workers, community workers and gender activists should educate parents to do away with such marriages and invest in their girls’ education.

Copyright

© 2013 Matthew Gmalifo Mabefam and Kofi Ohene-Konadu. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.