Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, the Ablekuma South Member of Parliament has warned game centres operating in the constituency to adhere to the laws barring children under age to patronise their facilities or face closure.
He said one of the areas of critical concern was the protection of the rights of the child and the provision of their social amenities and support against harmful practices, hence the need for the game centres not to admit them to jeopardise their future.
Dr Vanderpuije gave the warning when Heads of Basic Schools in the constituency paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Accra.
He said children were venerable and therefore needed protection, support and guidance to save them against any negative acts.
He said it was important for every parent or community to give due attention to the education of their children, who would be the future leaders of the country.
The MP said the primary responsibility of ensuring quality teaching and learning was to ensure greater accountability between the teachers and their students to create a friendly environment that would encourage the children to learn hard in their academic work.
Dr Vanderpuije said he would continue to collaborate with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to put up more of the Millennium School buildings in the constituency.
He said motivating teachers was key to improving quality, accessibility and relevance of education, adding that; “I can assure you that teachers will be motivated to enable them to play their roles effectively towards attainment of this goal.”
“There is the need for academic achievement now,” and therefore every teacher should exhibit greater consciousness, commitment and sacrifice to efficiently teach his or her children,” he said.
Dr Vanderpuije said he had instituted an award ceremony for 2017 best three schools in the constituency and to make it more competitive and urged the teachers to avoid absenteeism.
He called on parents to get involved in bringing their children up to be responsible citizens by constantly liaising with the teachers to bring about quality education.
Mr John Wilson Adjololo, the Head-teacher of the Korle Gonno Roman Catholic Boys’ School, and the spokesperson for the teachers, expressed concern about the children patronising the game centres in the area and called on the MP to check their activities.
He was grateful to the MP for his support to the area and hoped that he would not hesitate to source further help for the schools in the constituency.