Prioritize registration and electoral offence-Dotse
5/28/2012 10:00:21 PM -
Tamale, May 28, GNA - Justice Jones Victor Dotse, Justice of the Supreme Court, on Monday advised Judges and Magistrate in the country to prioritize cases on registration and electoral process, to ensure peace in the country.
'Speed up the trial of offences relating to registration and electoral process and make sure the necessary regulations and sanctions are applied.' he said.
Justice Dotse gave the advice at the opening of a one-day training workshop for Judges and Magistrate drawn from the Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions, in Tamale.
The workshop, which was organized by the Judicial Training Institute, sought to sensitize participants on their responsibilities on the law on public election (registration of voters) regulations 2012 CI 72).
Participants would also be schooled in offences created in respect with the law and appropriate sanctions.
Justice Dotse called on Judges and Magistrates to exhibit decorum, fairness and impartiality in handling electoral and registration cases, and should ensure that pronouncement on them were within timelines.
Throwing light on the overview of the workshop, he said as part of the training, participants would be equipped with practical knowledge and test cases on how the application of the law.
Justice Lawrence Mensah, a Supervising High Court Judge, said cases relating to registration and electoral process were critical to peace, and needed to be treated with circumspect.
He said: 'I urge you all to adjudicate such cases with carefulness and diligent because of the 'weight' and its high 'temperature.'
Social Parents Meeting
Mr. Robert Benefo, Circuit Supervisor in-charge of Nkoranza West Schools
Beboano (B/A), May 28, GNA- 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.