wpid-Ghana-school-children.jpgMr Thomas Bernakuu, Programme Co-ordinator of Mission of Hope for Society (MIHOSO), a non-governmental organization (ngo) has said parental neglect affects children?s access to basic education.

Mr Bernakuu, who is in charge of the Complementary Basic Education programme (CBE), said lack of proper parental care and child protection in the Kintampo South District was very worrisome, as many? parents engaged their children in farming activities at the expense of their education.

Mr Bernakuu raised the concerns when he addressed the people of Nante, Nante Zongo, Amoma, Pramposo, Mansie, Mo Nkwanta, Agyegyamakunu, Hyireso, Comendar, Chireni and Dumso, all in the? district, at separate educational meetings.

The meetings were aimed at educating the people on the CBE programme being implemented by the NGO in the communities.

The CBE is a ground-breaking and accelerated approach that teaches marginalized children how to read and write in their own dialect, and become numerate in a period of nine months and targets out-of-school children.

Mr Bernakuu noted with regret that many parents in the communities encouraged their children to go into exploitative work for money to the detriment of their education.

He explained that MIHOSO in partnership with World Education Ghana, an NGO, had formed 13 CBE classes and rescued 325 out-of-school children in the district.

?These children are now taught every day by using the CBE methodology? Mr Bernakuu said, adding that, the exercise demonstrated strong retention and completion rates, and that, about 90 per cent of learners graduate from the classes; and 70-80 per cent go on to attend primary school.

Mr Bernakuu appealed to the District Assembly to enforce the implementation of the Children Law Act (560).

Source: GNA

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