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Lartebiokorshie schools face criminal attacks

Accra, July 15, GNA –
The teachers of the Lartebiokorshie ‘2’ (Ojo Park) and the Da-Awatul Islamic
Primary Schools have complained of criminal attacks by robbers.

They said a group of
criminals had made the Sabon Zongo community their place of abode and used the
schools as their meeting place to ransack the property of the schools on daily
basis.

Mr Yusif Adam and Mrs
Gifty Hadzi, the HeadTeacher and the Head Mistress in charge of the two schools
respectively made this known to the Ghana News Agency in an interview at
separate graduation ceremonies at the weekend.

The graduations were
sponsored by Indomie Noodles, Homecare Company, Radio Gold and the Royal
Driving Schools on the theme: “Education, Key to Success.”

They said all attempts
made to prevent the criminal activities in the schools had failed and even
teachers were verbally abused.

Mrs Hadzi said:
“Often, the criminals break into the classrooms at the weekends and throw out
the chairs, desks and other learning materials which laid at the mercy of the
weather till schools resumed on Mondays.”

She therefore appealed
to the chiefs and opinion leaders of Sabon Zongo to help prevail upon the
criminals to stop their activities to promote teaching and learning at the
schools.

Mrs Hadzi further
pleaded with the chiefs, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and other
stakeholders to assist in the provision of Junior High School block and a
library to enhance teaching and learning.

She said the
responsibility of children’s education was not for teachers alone and called on
parents to complement the efforts of school authorities by helping to monitor
the pupils at home for them to take their homework serious.

Mr Adam appealed to
the AMA to beef up security in the schools and that the illegal squatters at
the vicinities was disturbing teaching and learning.

He drew the attention
of Islamic parents of the importance of circular education and urged them to
enroll their children in schools to promote the growth.

Madam Doris Owusu, a
Director at the Office of the Accra Metropolitan Directorate of Education said
children’s education was crucial for development, hence the need for parents to
give priority to their school needs.

“Aside, government’s
commitment towards the welfare of the children, it is important for all
stakeholders to also champion the course in quality education for the children
to become useful to society in future,” she said.

She urged parents to
supervise their children’s school work at home and be vigilant of their
movement.

Mr Martin Apimah, the
Circuit Supervisor of the Ghana Education Service of Ablekuma schools, said it
was government’s policy that every community took active part in the running of
educational activities and commended the individuals that contributed in the
graduation programmes.

Alhaji Sheikh Abdullah
Tobodu, the Greater Accra Arabic Schools Coordinator of the Islamic Education
Unit expressed concern about the low representation of Islamic teachers in the
country.

He said out of the 46
schools in the Greater Accra only 30 per cent of the teachers were Muslims and
urged Muslim parents to send their children to school.

Madam Jane Amerley
Oku, the Chief Executive Officer of Janok Foundation, a Community Based
Organisation at Sabon Zongo donated a variety of books to the two schools.

GNA

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