The Queen Mother of Gomoa Aboso Traditional Council, Nana Ayereba II, has appealed to the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to establish a Boy-Child Education Unit to stop boys from dropping out of school.
She made the suggestion when a Kumasi based non-governmental organization, Bright Generation Community Foundation, presented 2,500 shoes to basic schools in the Gomoa East District.
She said it was sad that during school hours many boys were seen roaming the streets and when questioned they would say their mothers did not give them money.
Nana Ayereba called on stakeholders in the education to strive to reverse the negative trend which could affect the future development of the boys and expressed regret about parents who had shirked their responsibility to provide basic needs to their children, especially the boy-child.
She criticized parents who had rented rooms for their children, especially girls, at Gomoa Aboso, Ekroful and Benso and other towns and left for villages in Assin Foso and Sefwi Wiabe and said they should to stop the practice.
According to the Queen Mother, the practice had given opportunities for the children to indulge in fornication that had led to teenage pregnancies.
Mrs. Bernice Dapaah, the Executive Director of the NGO, said the organization had presented over one million shoes to school children in Cape Coast, Volta, Ashanti, Brong -Ahafo and Eastern regions to support their education.
She said the NGO was putting in place mechanisms to provide adequate structures and teaching aids to enhance education for all children of school going age.
Mr Ernest Quarm, the Assemblyman for Gomoa Ekroful/ Akropong Electoral Area through whose instrumentality the shoes were donated, assured parents that everything possible was being done to promote education.
He expressed appreciation to the NGO, Mfaseman kuw in Australia and other development partners for tremendous assistance given to the children in the Gomoa East District.
Mr. Fredrick Joe Arthur, the Presiding Member of the Gomoa East Assembly, said the assembly was playing its part to lift the falling standard of education in the area. GNA