Source: Heritage
Paramount Chief Jartu Sheriff of Kiadii Chiefdom, Garwula Statutory District in Grand Cape Mount County is concerned that customary practices are affecting the rate of female enrollment in schools in the area.

 Chief Sherriff said key among practices causing low rate of the girl child enrollment in school was early marriage.

She has therefore appealed to government to formulate policies to prevent early marriage of girls throughout the country to ensure a brighter future for them. 

Paramount Chief Sherriff made the statement recently at her office in the chiefdom in an interview with the Liberia News Agency (LINA) correspondent in the county.

She said the failure of government to curb early marriage could render Liberian girls incapable of competing with girls in other countries in the sub-region.

Chief Sherriff said the reconstruction and reconciliation agenda of Liberia will remain elusive if girls are not adequately educated to participate in the process.

An Education Ministry 2013 report shows that of the 26,692 primary school age children in Grand Cape Mounty County only 6,799 are enrolled, with boys accounting for 3,601 or 25.3 percent and girls 3,198 or 25.7 percent. 

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