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Regional News Sat, 23 Apr 2016

Committee Chairman bemoans rising school dropout rate

Mr Ibrahim Jebkle Avalon, Chairman of the Nima Neighbourhood Watch Committee has bemoaned the rising rate of school dropouts in Nima.

He has, therefore, called on the government to intervene to stop the youth from sliding into crime and social vices.

Mr Avalon who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in an interview, said currently the youth had taken to “sakawa” and internet fraud to the detriment of their education, thereby leading them to drug use and crime.

He said his outfit was currently liaising with parents who had lodged complaints with the Committee on their wards’ refusal to attend school to help them return to the classrooms.

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The situation, he said, was worrying as the youth constituted the future leaders of their communities and the country as a whole.

He, therefore, urged intensive guidance and counselling on the part of schools, parents and religious groups to keep the children away from going wayward.

Mr Avalon further called on the relevant agencies and stakeholders in education to come down to the community to ascertain the situation and possibly assist the Neighbourhood Watch Committee to help the youth.

He expressed his condolences to the Police Service and the family of the late DCOP Awuni Angwumbotoge, the former Eastern Regional Police Commander who, he said, was dedicated to his work, He further described the late DCOP Awuni as “a man of integrity who did not compromise any wrong doing”.

Source: GNA
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