Employment Minister warns parents against exploiting minors

Dennis Peprah, GNA

Akwaasua, (B/R) Jan. 28, GNA – Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the Minister of Employment and Labour
Relations has warned parents and guardians against exploiting their children
and wards to the detriment of their education.

He emphasised it was
unlawful for parents to exploit their children by using them for manual work
such as farm work, instead of supporting them to go to school because “the
Children’s Act, 1998 Act 560 prohibits minors-children below 15 years to engage
in any hazardous or farm work”.

Mr Baffour-Awuah who
is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sunyani West gave the warning when he
inaugurated a six-unit classroom block for the Akwaasua District Assembly(D/A)
Primary School in the Sunyani West Municipality.

The block, with a
staff common room, headteacher’s office, a store, as well as urinal and toilet
facilities for both teachers and pupils was financed by the Ghana Education
Trust Fund at the cost of GH¢350,000.00.

Mr Baffour-Awuah
appealed to traditional authorities and assembly members to ensure that all
children of school going-age were retained in schools, and called on parents to
also show keen interest in the education of their children by providing them
with basic school needs.

He emphasised
education was the surest legacy parents could bequeath to their children,
saying with the implementation of the free SHS programme, no child should be
denied formal education.

Barima Minta Afari
II, the Chief of Chiraa observed Chiraa and its adjoining communities benefited
from development projects, and commended the MP and President Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo’s government for that.

He described the
government’s social intervention programmes and policies as good and laudable
initiatives that were helping to alleviate the plight of the ordinary people
and called on Ghanaians to retain the government in power in Election 2020.

Barima Afari II
cited the Planting for Food and Jobs and the Free Senior High School Programmes
alone had restored the hopes of Ghanaians.

Also in attendance
were Mr. Kwame Baffoe, the Bono Regional Chairman of the NPP, Mr. Martin Obeng,
the Sunyani West Municipal Chief Executive and Mr Kofi Ofosu Boateng the Bono
Regional Secretary of the NPP.