The Ghana Education Service (GES) has launched a campaign to get all children of school going age back into the classroom in Ashaiman.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency after a day workshop for the back to school Advocacy task force in Ashaiman, Mrs. Benedicta Tenni Seidu, Director incharge of girls education, Ghana Education Service (GES) explained that, there were many challenges that were confronting the education sector in the country and it was time all stakeholders got involved to deal with the challenges.
Mrs. Seidu opined that, the Ghana Education Service was enrolling the back to school programme to deal with school drop out especially when the restrictions were lifted for students to go to school after the nationwide lock down during the peak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic last year.
She stated that, many girls including boys where rather seen at markets places, farms and other places engaged in business instead of being in the classrooms.
According to her, girls were vulnerable and could fall prey to any unfortunate situation within the communities hence to need to establish the Advocacy task force to tackle that menace to make education a priority for the Ghanaian child.
Mrs. Seidu further explained that, the programme would target students from lower primary through to pre – tertiary within the country.
She also called on parents and stakeholders including, social welfare,the Domestic violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) amongst other key public institutions to help in ensuring children were in school instead of been at other places during school hours.
Mrs.Tenni Seidu mentioned that the stakeholders should use the opportunity as a mob-up to get every student who due to the coronavirus pandemic has still not been able to go back to school and were engaged in other activities, back into the classroom.The participants where representatives from Private Schools, the Christian councel, Islamic representatives, head teachers, PWDs, CHRAJ, Social Welfare amongst others converge at the Ashaiman Senior High school for the Sensitization program.