Regional News of Monday, 28 May 2012
Mr. Robert Benefo, Circuit Supervisor in-charge of Nkoranza West Schools in Nkoranza Municipality, has urged parents not to over-burden their children with household chores lest they lose quality time on education.
He also advised them to encourage their children to study at home and to stop them from attending video shows, dance and concerts, so they would improve their academic performance.
Mr. Benefo was addressing a meeting of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of Nkoranza Methodist Primary and Junior High Schools at the weekend, at which the falling standards of education in the area was extensively discussed.
He expressed concern about how some parents engaged their children in economic activities including selling “iced-water” and “iced-kenkey” after school.
The circuit supervisor explained, these activities make the children tired and find it difficult to concentrate during class hours in school.
Mr. Benefo stressed the need for parents to provide their children with their basic needs, because a number of children became truants or dropped out of school because parents and guardians shirked their responsibilities.
He also called on the parents to pay regular visits to school to interact with the teachers to follow the performance of their children, as well as challenges for redress.
Madam Philippa Banson, Nkoranza Municipal Director of Education, advised the parents to collaborate with the teachers in the training and education of their children.
She advised the teachers to handle school-children as their own and train them to become morally upright and responsible adults.
Parents should not pamper their children and countenance their wrong-doings, as such negative practices would make them indisciplined, the education director added.
Mr. Thomas Kuugan, head teacher, thanked the District Director of Education for reminding members of their roles and responsibilities towards the development of the school.**