Child labour is barbaric: S.K. Boafo

s_k_boafo_-_new_photo_2.jpgThe Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, Mr. Samson Kweku Boafo says
the engagement of children in farming, fishing and other
labour-intensive activities at the expense of their education is
barbaric.

According to Mr. Boafo, the practice amounts to child labour which “must be vigorously fought against in the country.”

Speaking in an interview with Asempa
News, the Minister cautioned parents who indulge in this act to refrain
from it, saying it is their obligation to provide shelter, cloth and
food to their children.

He added that children are expected to
help their parents though not at the expense of their education which
is their fundamental human right and which is vital to the growth of
every developing nation.

According to him, the ministries of
Chieftaincy and Culture, Information and National Orientation, Women
and Children’s Affairs, were collaborating to bring to an end this
practice.

Mr. Boafo said government’s free medical care for
pregnant women and the free basic education were positive policies
being implemented to fight illiteracy in the country.

He therefore advised parents to make education paramount in the upbringing of their children.