THE Upper Manya Krobo District Assembly in the Eastern Region has started drafting bye-laws to punish parents who refuse to send their children to school.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Mr Joseph Tetteh Angmor, made this known when he addressed the Apimso congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) at the weekend to mark its centenary celebrations.
The main occupation of the people of the Apimso area who are mostly Presbyterians is farming, and most parents prefer their children to be on the farms rather than in being in school.
According to Mr Tetteh Angmor, true Christians should be concerned about the future well-being of their children, and that could only be accomplished by educating them.
He said if parents in the area would not live up to their responsibilities of taking care of their children’s education, then the assembly would come up with punitive measures to compel them to take up such responsibilities.
He advised parents, especially Christians, to take keen interest in the education of their wards and children, so that children would grow up to become responsible adults.
“The assembly is in the process of drafting bye-laws which will apportion appropriate punishment for parents who will refuse to send their children to school and rather engage them on the farm and other menial jobs, and I want all of you to see to the educational needs of your children to avoid being punished,” he stated.
He said the Government was concerned about the education of children. That was why it came out with initiatives such as the Capitation Grant and the School Feeding Programme to ensure that all parents who could also access health care through the National Health Insurance Scheme would equally be able to send their children to school.