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24.05.2007 General News

Cut spending on funerals - Nana Ato Arthur

By GNA

The Central Regional Minister, Nana Ato Arthur, has advised parents to cut-down on their spending on funerals and other social activities to enable them care for their children.

He said "Posterity will never pardon us if we left these children in a situation worse than we find ourselves".

Nana Arthur said this at the 45th Speech and Prize Giving-Day of the Nsaba Presbyterian Secondary School at Nsaba under the theme, "Discipline Bedrock of Academic Excellence".

He appealed to parents and other stakeholders to invest more in the education of the youth and said, "This will enable them take-over the mantle of state in future".

"Parents in particular have a stake in this noble task and should make investment in their children's education their top most priority," he said.

The Regional Minister stated that, "No nation can achieve development if the citizens, the youth in particular have not been given good education".

Nana Arthur explained that it was for this reason that the government over the years allocated a reasonable amount of the national budget on education.

He said the government had put in place structures to engage the youth in gainful employment after their education.

The Minister expressed concern about immorality, occult practices, and falsification of results, vandalism and other social vices among the youth especially in second cycle institutions.

He urged parents to help school authorities to check indiscipline among students.

In a speech read on behalf of the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, the Right Reverend (Dr) Yaw Frempong-Manso, he said indiscipline was threatening to destroy the people, adding that, "People are worried and questioning what had happened to the legendary Presbyterian discipline".

David Aning Yebo, Headmaster, said the school's wooden truck donated by the VALCO Trust Fund in 1982, had broken down beyond repairs while a Benz bus donated by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was too old.

He said the school had no dinning hall, Kitchen and assembly hall and was using facilities belonging to the Presbyterian Church Catechist Lay Training Centre.

Source: GNA

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