Governance Analyst, Dr. Benjamin Otchere-Ankrah has called on parents to monitor the behaviour of their children.
According to him, the laxity in disciplining children is the reason for the bad habits that children exhibit in society.
He was commenting on the gruesome murder of a young boy at Kasoa in the Central Region.
A 11-year old pupil was murdered by his friends aged sixteen and eighteen in an uncompleted building last Saturday.
The murder suspects allegedly used a rod and brick to strike the 11-year old boy to his death, buried his body and planned to later exhume the body for money rituals.
The suspects were arrested by the Police, arraigned before the Ofankor Circuit Court and have been remanded into police custody.
Addressing the issue on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo' programme, Dr. Otchere-Ankrah was utterly shocked that teenagers could harbour thoughts of killing human to enrich themselves.
However, to him, just as the teenagers' act is condemnable, so should their parents take a blame for their children's attitude.
He believed the parents and family of the suspects cannot be left off the hook.
"What training did the parents give to the children?", he asked.
To him, the parents must play their roles effectively by taking keen interest in their children's acquisition of material things and disciplining them.
"If you wake up at 4/5 am and toil for your money, you won't misuse money", he stated.
"If we have bad children, then we equally have bad parents. How did the parents bring these children up? . . . where are their parents? Where are their siblings? What is their moral upbringing? . . . What is the role of rewards and punishment?" he queried.
Dr. Otchere-Ankrah also charged the society to play its key role in shaping the behavior of the youth.
''If we say future leaders, then we have to train up our children well to become good children'', he stressed.
Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
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