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26.08.2003 General News

Go back to school - Mrs Asmah To School dropouts

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Accra, Aug. 26, GNA- Mrs Gladys Asmah, Minister for Women and Children's Affairs on Tuesday called school drop-outs to make it their aim to go back to school since education is the key to life. She said education has no end, adding, "education of women has always lagged behind with the excuse that the kitchen would always be their office and this should be the thing of the past".

She said there are many children of school-going age on the streets petty trading adding, "these children are on the streets due to financial constraints" and urged benevolent organisations to assist the children pursue their education.

Mrs Asmah made the call when she invited Ms Elizabeth Boakye the 52-year-old senior secondary school form one student, who had decided to pursue her education to congratulate her for the bold decision taken. Ms Boakye, a mother of three is attending Seventh Day Adventist Senior Secondary School in Akyim Sekyere in the Eastern Region. It is her ambition to become a teacher of the orphan.

Mrs Asmah encouraged her to be serious with her books and be a role model to other young ones have lost hope in education. The Minister, on behalf of the Ministry presented one million cedis cash to assist her pay fees and books.

Ms Boakye, who expressed her sincere appreciation to the Minister also appealed to her to help settle a court case she had at the Koforidua High Court.

According to her, the case was over a piece of cocoa farm her late father left her and her siblings and had since 1987 not been called, adding, "anytime we go they tell us the case has been adjourned." "This has been my only headache and I would be very grateful if you could help me solve this problem", she added.

The minister however assured that she would contact the district chief executive in the area to see how best that case would be settled. Ms. Boakye was accompanied by Mr. William Boachie Agyekum, the assembly member of Sekyere and Mr Julian Jacob Annor, Ms Boakye's guardian.

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