Persons who are mentally challenged should not be neglected by society but should be given special education to make them fit into society, Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Ayensu, Wassa West District Chief Executive has said.
Mr Ayensu said this at the inauguration of the Hooper Memorial District Assembly Primary Unit for children with special needs.
He advised the teachers to handle children with disability with extra care and patience in order to gradually unearth the potentials in them.
Mr Ayensu also appealed to parents not to confine their mentally challenged children to the home but to bring them out for training.
The Hooper Memorial Primary Unit for children with special needs, which is the 23rd in the country, has 10 pupils; four boys and six girls and is sponsored by the German Technical Corporation with special training of teachers by the University of Education at Winneba.
Madam Rose Amoah, head teacher, appealed to the District Assembly, the Ghana Education Service, philanthropic organizations and the public to come to the aid of the school.
Mr Martin Adu Twum, a specially trained teacher for the Unit said the children would be trained to acquire special skills to enable them to fend for themselves instead of resorting to begging.