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15.10.2008 Social News

Chief expresses worry about child delinquency

By gna

Nana Kofi Tia, Chief of Adasewase in the Atiwa District, has expressed worry over the high rate of children not going to school in the area.

He has therefore appealed to government for a bye-law to penalize parents, especially fathers whose children do not go to school as well as the children themselves who for no apparent reason refuse to go to school.

Speaking in an interview with the GNA at Adasewase, the chief said the future of the children was bleak without education.

Nana Tia wanted a measure that would make education mandatory to all children because according to him, the high rate of children not attending school despite the many intervention by government for every child to at least have basic education can thwart that effort.

He said the high rate of children outside the classrooms should be of concern to all stakeholders in education, and it was prudent for them to demand stringent measures to ensure that every child irrespective of the background had at least a basic education.

Nana Tia was not happy about the way some fathers shirked their responsibilities and left the burden of supporting their children to their wives, who he said were only farmers and petty traders.

Many of the mothers who spoke on condition of anonymity, corroborated the views of the chief saying that, the situation was worrying when the children loiter about in the area doing nothing whiles a few would be in school learning.

They told the GNA that despite the failure of the fathers to support their children, they were even prepared to provide them with educational logistics but the children refused to go.

The parents therefore indicated their readiness to support any measure that will force the children into the classroom to make them useful citizens in future.

Some of the children who were interviewed by GNA as to why they were not in school gave flimsy excuses such as worn out sandals and torn school uniforms.