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Overcome the skepticism about the free SHS

By
Edmund Quaynor, GNA

Koforidua, Aug 02, GNA – The Eastern Regional
Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour, has called for people to overcome the
skepticism and doubts about the successful implementation of the government’s
free senior high school (SHS) policy.

He indicated that the government thought the
policy through and was convinced that this could be done.

He was speaking at the formal opening of this
year’s child initiative forum in Koforidua.

The programme was organized by the Child Right
International, an NGO, under the theme “Promoting positive social norms, the
role of children”.

It brought together in excess of 250 children
from across the country.

Mr. Darfour called for parents to properly
supervise their children at home – to prevent them from spending more of their
time watching television and chatting on the social media.

They should be encouraged to work hard on
their books because that was the way to avoid being left behind by
globalization, he added.

He expressed concern about what he said was
the over protection of children by some parents, something, which he said was
stoking recklessness and indiscipline among many a young people.

Ms. Yaa Peprah Amekudzi of Mondelex
International Cocoa Life, the guest speaker, said research indicated that
majority of teenage pregnant girls were impregnated by their male colleagues
and advised the youth not to rush into sexual relationship.

She urged the youth to have confidence in
themselves and stop posting their nude pictures on the social media.

Mr Bright Appiah, Executive Director of Child
Rights International, said the forum was meant to create the platform to give
voice to children.

He spoke of the need to go the extra mile to
give protection to the youth and shield them from the negative impact of the
social media.

He announced that his organization had
initiated legal process to ensure that 201 children who could not write the Basic
Education Certificate Examination through no fault of theirs were given the
opportunity to write the examination.

GNA

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