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02.05.2004 Regional News

Nsuta Traditional Council ban outing of children after 7 pm

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Nsuta (Ash), May 2, GNA - The Nsuta Traditional Council has banned all school children in the area from going out after 7 pm. This forms part of measures to assist check the poor academic performance among pupils and students in the area.

Nana Okofoadu Boampong, Nsuta Adontehene, who announced the decision on behalf of the Omanhene, Nana Aduagyei Bonsanfo II, said parents whose children flout the ban would be sanctioned.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the new classroom structures built for the Saint Peter's Preparatory and Junior Secondary School (JSS) at Nsuta by the Catholic Church at a total cost of more than one billion cedis at the weekend.

Manos Unidas of Spain and the Nsuta Catholic Rectorate provided the funding for the construction of the structures. The chiefs used the occasion to also appeal to the government to provide the Nsutaman Catholic Senior Secondary School with a new school bus to solve its present transportation problem.

Mr Kwame Osei Prempeh, Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsuta-Kwamang, criticised parents in the area for not showing enough interest in the education of their children.

"Most of us seem to derive much satisfaction in spending more on alcohol, fashion, funerals and other social entertainment activities than helping our wards to obtain the best of education".

The MP told them that it was time they put education on top of whatever priorities they set and recognised that it was the single most important investment they could think of for the future of their children.

Mr Maxwell Kofi Jumah, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, said it was imperative for all to join hands in training the youth to be disciplined to enable them grow into responsible adults who would be ready to assume leadership mantle.

He noted that the country could not achieve much progress if the development needs of the young ones were neglected.

The Most Reverend Joseph Osei-Bonsu, Catholic Bishop of Konongo-Mampong, said the church has a duty to take care of both the spiritual and physical welfare of the people.

He said it was for this reason that the Catholic Church has over the years been actively engaged in the provision of school buildings, hospital facilities and other social amenities for people in various communities.

Bishop Osei-Bonsu advised pupils and students to take seriously to their books and called for hard work and dedication among teachers. The school, established by the Catholic Church in 1988 with 32 children now has a population of 222 pupils and is ranked among the first top six performing JSS out of the 62 in the district. 2 May 04

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