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30.11.2011 Education

Muslim cleric slams early marriages by girls

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Nkoranza B/A), Nov. 30, GNA – Mallam Zakaria Mohammed, Chairman of the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) of Nkoranza Islamic Basic School, has urged Muslim parents to desist from marrying off their daughters at the detriment of their education.

Mallam Mohammed was addressing a meeting of the school's PTA at the close of the celebration of the Islamic Education Week.

The theme for the celebration was “Providing quality education and sound moral training, the role of the Islamic Education Unit.”

Mallam Mohammed expressed concern about the practice by some Moslem parents who marry off their daughters to marriage at a tender age, depriving such girls of the chance to develop in life through formal education.

The PTA chairman reminded such parents of the bleak future for their children, stressing that globally the emphasis was on formal education and whoever would be left out in the race would live to regret.

Mallam Mohammed deplored the negative attitude of some Muslim youth who engaged in hooliganism and caused disturbances in the communities and advised such persons to be disciplined in order to command respect from the public.

He called on teachers in the Islamic schools to ensure that Muslim children studied the Arabic language alongside other subjects.

The headmaster commended the Nkoranza South Municipal Assembly for constructing a six-classroom-block for the primary division.

He appealed to the Assembly to provide the JHS with a new block to replace the old structure, which he said was in a deplorable state.

Mr. Mohammed also complained for sometime now some unscrupulous youth in the community defecated on the school compound and appealed to the School Management Committee (SMC) as well as executives of the PTA to take a decision to apprehend the perpetrators to face the necessary punishment.


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