The Deputy Minister in charge of General Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, has advised parents not to deny their children access to education no matter the circumstances they may find themselves in.
He explained that irrespective of the kind of work they did and the kind of conditions they might find themselves in there was no way they should use such conditions as an excuse to prevent their children from accessing education.
Rev. Fordjour who advised a durbar of chiefs and people of Gomoa Akropong No. 2 in the Gomoa Central District in the Central Region explained that education held the key to their future dreams.
The durbar was to climax the week-long activities for the celebration of the annual Akwambo festival of the chiefs and people of the area.
The event which had the theme “Working together to seek peace and development for Akropong No. 2” brought together people from all walks of life.
Rev. Fordjour commended the chiefs and people of the area for their roles in leading to the maintenance of peace in the area over the years and urged them to continue living in peace with one another.
He assured the people of the government’s commitment to partner with all stakeholders in the country towards the development of the country through education.
The Deputy Minister announced that the government would continue to work hard to ensure that all children of school age benefitted from education.
“The government desires that both children of the rich and the poor will have equal access to education hence the various interventions to ensure that all children have access to education irrespective of ethnic, political, religious, among other affiliations,” he said.
Rev Fordjour appealed to all parents to strive to complement the government to ensure that their children stayed in school till they completed by providing them with their basic needs like bags, and clothing, among others.
The Deputy Education Minister used the occasion to donate 15 pianos to some senior high schools in the area and stationery to some Basic Schools to boost effective teaching and learning in their schools.
The Odikro of Gomoa Akropong, Nana Odum Amanfo IV, commended the people of the area for their support towards the maintenance of peace in the town and called for them to maintain the peace in the area.
He also applauded the government for its support for the development of education in the area but called for more support to ensure that many more youths got access to education.
The Mankrado of Gomoa Akropong (known in private life as Dr David Annan-Bonney), Nana Dr Agyarkwah Akyen II, charged the chiefs and people of the area to prioritise education.