According to a data released by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), 419,254 children between the ages of 5 and 17 were working in Ghana in 2021.
The kids were counted as part of the Population and Housing Census (PHC) in 2021.
According to the GSS, 76,439 kids between the ages of 5 and 9 are working, 153,189 kids between the ages of 10 and 14 are working, and 189,626 kids between the ages of 15 and 17 are working.
The seven days before to Census Night saw an average of 29.2 hours of labour from children aged 5 to 17.
Children aged 10 to 14 worked an average of 26.5 hours (about 5 hours every daily), whereas children aged 15 to 17 worked an average of 35.2 hours. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 worked 19.8 hours on average (about 4 hours every daily).
The GSS also discovered that youngsters employed as paid apprentices put in the most labour, clocking in an average of 48.4 hours per week.
The average workweek for contributing family employees was 25.0 hours, almost double this amount. While children in the agriculture sector worked an average of 25.6 hours per week, those in the service sector put in an average of 36.8 hours per week.
The GSS also discovered that 153,773 kids between the ages of 5 and 17 who were involved in economic activities had never attended school. 37,963 of these were kids between the ages of 5 and 9.
During the census, 94,748 children between the ages of 5 and 17 who were involved in economic activity were also enrolled in school.