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25.07.2005 Education

Assembly To Enforce Law On Basic Education

GNA

Kasoa (C/R), July 25, GNA - The Awutu-Effutu-Senya District Assembly will as from the beginning of next academic year, enforce the law, which makes it obligatory for parents to send their children to school.

Parents should therefore take advantage of the Government's free education policy to ensure that their children of school going age were enrolled to avoid prosecution.

Mr. Solomon Kwashie Abbam-Quaye, District Chief Executive speaking at the first anniversary of Praise Academy at Kasoa at the weekend, stressed the importance Government attached to education. The Assembly would not sit down unconcerned for some parents to destroy the talents of their children who are the future leaders of the nation by denying them basic education.

Mr Abbam-Quaye said in spite of the economic constraint facing the nation and the poor in particular, the government had allocated huge sums of money to cater for the education of children throughout the country.

Parents have no excuse whatsoever than to enrol their children of school going age to benefit from the initiative. He praised the Proprietor, management and staff of the Academy and other private schools for their efforts in promoting education in the district.

Mr Abbam-Quaye assured private schools in the district that they would be assisted to meet some of their requirements for recognition by the Ghana Education Service to encourage them to contribute towards Ghana's development.

Mrs. Betty Brew Central Regional Chairperson of the Association of Private Schools (APS), advised parents, especially women, to cut down their expenditure on mourning and other cloths and to invest in the education of their children.

"The investment you make in the education of your children today will yield better and appreciable dividend tomorrow". You should invest all the money you have or when it comes to the point that you should borrow to train your child you must do so without any regret because it will guarantee you and your child's future", Mrs. Brew said.

She appealed to district assemblies in the Region to support private schools to participate in activities marking important national days such as Independence Day on 6th March. Mrs Brew advised children of Praise Academy to study harder to sustain the high standard the Academy had set to attract more parents to send their children there.

The school, which started with 50 children, now has about 600 pupils in its pre-school, primary and Junior Secondary Schools. Prizes were distributed to deserving pupils.

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