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Regional News of Monday, 12 May 2014

Source: GNA

SMC condemns child labour at Bosuso

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The School Management Committee (SMC) of Divine Wisdom Preparatory School at Bosuso in the Fanteakwa District has condemned the increasing rate at which parents allow school children to cart cocoa beans, food crops from one place to the other and tap palm wine, instead of encouraging them to stay in school.

The committee noted that many parents in the area behave out of illiteracy and ignorance.

The SMC was addressing an educational forum organised to increase enrollment in schools.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Bosuso in the Eastern Region, The proprietor, Mr. Awuah, also a Purchasing Clerk of the Produce Buying Company (PBC), called on the parents to instill discipline and virtues in their children and also monitor and supervise their studies.

He used the occasion to explain that though the school was being run in the adjoining premises of the PBC cocoa shed, the school would soon be relocated and, therefore, asked those who had been agitating for the school’s removal from the shed to remain calm.

According to him, there had been a series of correspondence against the establishment of the private school in a government premises, but said this, his superior officers had given approval to “carry on business”.

He was emphatic that Mr. Emmanuel Tetteh, a former Tafo District Manager of PBC gave permission, whereas, the Eastern Regional Manager and the headquarters of the PBC were aware of the existence of the school in the shed.

Mr. Awuah said since education brings progress and development, he and his wife decided to establish the school to help cater for the kids whose mothers normally send them to farms and the markets in sun, to help train them.

He said with the establishment of the school, the habit of children loitering about in the mornings have seized.

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