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04.08.2005 Regional News

Children in rural areas have potentials


Mamponteng (Ash.), Aug 04, GNA - The Rev Samuel Afanie Amankwaa, the Kwabre District Director of Education, has appealed to people to discard the notion that children in the cities are more endowed with academic potentials than those in the rural areas. He said if parents in rural communities would have time to supervise their children, monitor their work and visit their schools to know their problems, they could perform creditably like those in the cities.

The Rev Amankwaa was answering questions as to why children in urban areas perform better than their rural counterparts at a public session of the Kwabre District Assembly at the launch of the Government Accountability Improves Trust (GAIT) II and Education Quality for All (EQUALL) project at Mamponteng on Wednesday. Traditional leaders, assembly members, heads of department, civil society organisations, students and religious organisations attended the session.

The Rev Amankwaa expressed concern about the way some parents allow their children to be at wake keeping and roam aimlessly about in the night as well as the careless disregard for their welfare. Alhaji Akwasi Yeboah, the District Chief Executive, spoke about the importance of education and urged parents and the communities to embrace the educational projects of the GAIT and EQUALL.

Mr Emmanuel Aniboye, the District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), said it was meant to strengthen the assembly's capacity for democratic governance, support broad-based initiatives and promote partnership and transparency across the district and the community.