Spend Time With Children
The Editor of the Junior Graphic, Mrs Mavis Kitcher, has called on parents to spend more time with their children so that they (parents) can know their problems and assist in solving them.
She said more often than not children consulted their friends when they faced difficulties, only to be given bad advice which could cause them even more trouble.
Mrs Kitcher made the call during the Awards and Commendation Day ceremony of the Step-By-Step Montessori School at Dansoman in Accra.
Speaking on the theme, “ Discipline - The way to achieving success in a child’s academic career”, the editor noted that most parents worked tirelessly to make their children comfortable but failed to realise that the children could go wayward because of the inadequate time parents spent with them.
“What is the essence in toiling for our children’s upkeep when their lives are destroyed because of lack of attention and love?” she questioned.
She said it was not the best for children to resort to friends for advice and cautioned parents to get closer to their children.
“When you get closer to them, you will get to know what the children are yearning for and help them out in the process,” she added.
Mrs Kitcher said it was important to instil discipline in the up-and-coming youth who would take over the mantle of leadership to run the nation one day, saying that would steer up discipline in the would-be leaders to make the world a peaceful one.
She advised children not to follow bad friends who would lead them astray. They should rather do as they are told by their parents to earn their love and affection.
The Proprietress of the school, Mrs Beatrice Kwainoe, for her part, congratulated all the graduates and prayed that the results of the BECE would be excellent to set a high standard for the school, especially since the graduands were the first batch of BECE candidates.
She said the school, which started with only three children in the crПche 11 years ago, was aimed at assisting the less privileged in the community but that upon the encouragement of parents and members of the community, it had now expanded to include a primary department and a JHS.
She said although there had been many challenges through the years, “with determination we have been able to come this far”.
Graduands were awarded with certificates and the occasion was spiced with many cultural displays by the pupils of the school.
Story : Adeline Koramoah