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Rev Ntim Fordjour (left) addressing the Paramount chief of Saboba during the courtesy call on him Monday

The Ministry of Education has directed the Ghana Education Service to put in place the right measures to ensure that teachers engaging pupils in their farms and other forms of child labour becomes a thing of the past.

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The Deputy Minister for Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, who gave the directive was not happy that some teachers who have been tasked to teach pupils rather engage them in other activities contrary to their mandate which usually lead to dire consequences

Rev. Ntim Fordjour gave the directive on Monday when he led a team of the government delegation to commensurate with the families of the nine students who got drowned last Friday while crossing the Oti river after they had been sent to work on the farm of their Headmaster.

Other members of the delegation were the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, the Northern Regional Police Commander, COP Timothy Yoosa Bonga, Regional Director of Education, Dr Peter Attafuah and a team of Clinical Physiologist and counsellors among others.

The Deputy Minister said the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the entire Ghanaian populace were saddened by the news of the death of the nine.

He assured the families and the people of Saboba of Government readiness to ensure that the practice of engaging pupils in farms which were very high in the area would be stopped.

STOP PLEADING

Rev. Ntim Fordjour charged people in leadership positions to desist from pleading for teachers caught indulging in such nefarious acts by allowing the laws of the land to deal with them.

The Deputy Minister although the incident led to the death of the nine, the government was ready to support the families of the dead students hence the introduction of the Clinical Physiologist and counsellors who will stay in the community for a couple of weeks to help the pupils, teachers and families of the dead pupils.

He was upbeat that, the right stringent measures would be put in place to curb all forms of abuses against pupils and students at all levels of education in the country.

INTERDICTION                                                                        

The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, said the GES has since interdicted the Headmaster of the school following the Code of Conduct of the service whiles waiting for the police to continue with its investigation into the case.

To this, he warned all teachers who have the habit of engaging school children in any form of child labour to stop before being caught by the long hands of the laws of the country.

Background

Last Friday, around 3 pm, 32 school children who were returning from the farm of the Headmaster of the St. Charles JHS, at Saboba got drowned when two of the boats carrying the children capsized.

Out of the 31 children, 22 of them were able to swim across the river while the remaining nine got drowned.

This led to the arrest of the Headmaster, Mr Charles Chinji, who has since been remanded into police custody pending further investigation and prosecution.

The Tamale Circuit court yesterday charged the Headmaster for murder and subsequently remanded him into police custody until 29th November 2021.

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GOVERNMENT DELEGATION COMMENSURATE WITH FAMILIES OF THE NINE DRAWN PUPILS AT SABOBA.

A nine-member Government delegation led by the Deputy Minister for Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, on Monday commensurated with the Chiefs and families of the nine children who got drowned last Friday while returning from their Headmaster’s farm at Saboba.

Other members of the delegation were the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, the Northern Regional Police Commander, COP Timothy Yoosa Bonga, Regional Director of Education, Dr Peter Attafuah and a team of Clinical Physiologist and counsellors among others.

Courtesy call

The team on Monday morning paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Saboba, Uchabobor Bawon Mateer Sakojim at his Palace.

After meeting the Paramount Chief and the traditional leaders of the area, the team also joined worshipers at the local Catholic Church where a special thanksgiving service was held for the nine departed children.

Rev. Ntim Fordjour and the rest of the delegation later met the believed families at the Saboba District Assembly conference hall where each of the believed families was presented with two thousand cedis.

The Deputy Education Minister announced that a team of Clinical psychologists and counsellors have been assigned to the community to help support the teachers, school children and relations of the nine dead students so they can cope with the situation.

The Director-General of GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, pledged to collaborate with the traditional leaders to bring sanity and help improve teaching and learning in schools in the area.

He pledged to ensure that supervision in all schools across the country would be intensified to control any form of abuse to all school children irrespective of where they were located in the country.

The Paramount Chief of Saboba, Uchabobor Bawon Mateer Sakojim was full of praise to the Government for the support to the traditional authorities and the believed families.

He expressed the traditional authorities’ preparedness to put in place the right measures to bring sanity into schools in the area to curb the issue of headmasters and other teachers sending school children to farm during instructional hours.

The Paramount chief appealed to Government as a matter of urgency to overhaul activities at the Saboba District Education Directorate to help improve the educational development of the area.

BRIEFING

Last Friday, around 3 pm, 32 school children who were returning from the farm of the Headmaster of the St. Charles JHS, at Saboba got drowned when two of the boats carrying the children capsized.

Out of the 31 children, 22 of them were able to swim across the river while the remaining nine got drowned.

This led to the arrest of the Headmaster, Mr Charles Chinji, who has since been remanded into police custody pending further investigation and prosecution.

The Tamale Circuit court on Monday charged the Headmaster for murder and subsequently remanded him into police custody until 29th November 2021.

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