Incest on the increase in Awutu Senya East Municipality

By
Patience Gbeze, GNA

Kasoa (C/R), April 18,
GNA – Mr Samuel Bortey, Awutu Senya East Municipal (ASEMA) Director of
Education, said their biggest challenge in the Municipality was fathers
sleeping with their own daughters.

He said in some cases,
heads of the houses also sleep with their house helps.

Mr Bortey who
disclosed this at a social audit programme in Kasoa in the Central Region, said
some men also play with children’s private parts in their cars.

He said sometimes when
girls in this situation report to their mothers, for fear of stigmatisation,
they only shout on them to keep quiet or threaten to punish them.

He said all those
negative attitudes are affecting children’s performance in schools and called
on stakeholders, including Assembly men and religious bodies to intervene.

The programme which
was organised by the ASEMA and the National Commission on Civic Education
(NCCE) to create awareness on the need for citizens to demand accountability
from their leaders.

The national programme
is being sponsored by the European Union.

On the forthcoming
BECE and WASCE, Mr Bortey said Odupong Senior High School would be writing for
the first time and all preparations are advanced to ensure a successful
examination.

He said the
Directorate had put in measures to ensure that students perform creditably.

The Municipal Director
said for the first time, the students are writing three mock examinations to
eliminate fears among them.

Mr Bortey, therefore
expressed his gratitude the ASEMA for its continuous support for the education
sector in the Municipality.

Mrs Mary N. Ankrah,
the Municipal Director of NCCE, said the programme was to educate the nation as
a whole to identify things that were affecting the citizenry, especially in the
area of education, health, road and sanitation.

She said citizens have
the responsibility to assist the Assemblies and duty bearers to achieve their
developmental goals.

“For example, we
all have a duty to support our Assemblies to keep our environment clean,”
she said, and called for attitudinal change towards sanitation to improve the
health of the people.

Participants called on
religious bodies to assist in educating the public through the pulpit on
sanitation issues and benefits.

They also urged the
Assembly and all stakeholders in education to reintroduce Girls’ Camping for
school children to serve as a platform to educate them on their rights to curb
abuses.

GNA

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