Okyenhene Fights For Children

OKYENHENE OSAGYEFO Amoatia Ofori Panyin has assured children across the country that he will continue to fight for their future to ensure that leadership of the country put in place measures and policies that would safeguard their future. Speaking at a durbar of children in the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional area to climax the Mmofra Afahye, a festival instituted for children in the area on Saturday at Kibi as part of activities to herald the Odwira Festival which coincided with the 15th anniversary, the Okyehene lamented that the future of many Ghanaian children cannot be guaranteed due to government’s failure to address basic challenges facing basic education in the country. He expressed worry that many Ghanaian children cannot enjoy their basic right to quality education due to poor infrastructure, lack of trained and motivated teachers, as well as teaching and learning materials at the basic level. He said it is worrisome that government is not taking proactive measures to fix the problem of mass failure of pupils and students in the final examination, a situation he described as a recipe for disaster looming for the future of Ghana. He stressed that geographical location of a Ghanaian child should not affect his/her educational career, hence, the government must do more to ensure that every Ghanaian child has access to affordable but quality education. He said prosperity would not forgive leaders of the country if they fail to use common knowledge to harness the abundant natural resources to fight poverty: “Ghana is currently a major shareholder in poverty.” He took the opportunity to announce a scholarship package for four brilliant but needy children at the festival with a call on all residents of Akyem Abuakwa to support brilliant but needy children outside their families to help eradicate poverty in the area. The Eastern Regional Minister, Antwi-Bosiako Sekyere reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring that, it provides access to quality education. He called on teachers to desist from acts that impede quality teaching and learning.