The Founder and Director of Caring Kids International, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO,) Nana Akosua Frimpomaa II, Dwantoahemaa of Dormaa Traditional Council in the Brong Ahafo region has suggested to government to explore other financial options to enhance education in the country.

She stated emphatically that education should be made free; adding that this should not be debated or argued about if the people of Ghana want to see the nation move forward. With common knowledge that education is the bedrock of every society, Nana Frimpomaa lamented on the increasing numbers of young people who are out of school due to financial constraints and lamented the state of the country in 20 to 30 years if the mass of the future leaders were uneducated.

Nana Frimpomaa II, whose vision is to see all Ghanaian school children move from the Basic level, through Junior High School to Senior High School and beyond, at a press conference held over the week end said financial constraint, was the main challenge to children?s education in Ghana.

She reiterated that the masses of school going children come from very poor homes across the nation adding that many of these children, who have big dreams, give up along the way when certain monetary demands are made, especially on the brink of writing exams or moving from the Basic level to JHS or SHS.

?Some very brilliant children who preferred certain professional jobs are asked to learn a trade since their parents cannot afford paying for their continuous education. That is barbaric because children are forced to do what they have no desire for due to lack of finances and the geniuses of the nation are cut off.?

Nana Frimpomaa lamented that though Dr. Kwame Nkrumah had made education free in the three Northern Regions of the country, nothing had been done to extend that policy to the less privileged children in the remaining regions of the country.

It would be recalled that in 2010, Nana Frimpomaa II, solely paid the fees of 147 children who had gained admission to Senior High Schools but could not go to school because of the lack of finances. Touched by their plight, Nana paid the initial outstanding costs that would allow them to start school.

Nana explained that if she as an individual could put 147 students of the Dormaa Traditional Area back to school, the government of the Ghana which has the nation?s money at its mercy, could do better for the thousands of students across the nation whose lives are disrupted due to lack of financial aid.

STORY: ESTHER YEBOAH

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