The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Daffiama-Bussie-Issa has blamed poor performance of pupils over the years on alcoholism.
According to him, students resort to drinking and record-dancing at night at the expense of their studies which leads to the situation of bad results in the Basic Education Certificate examinations. (BECE)
He said poor parental care which adds to the problem had resulted in school dropout and more engagement in ‘galamsey’ activities by the youth.He stated that he was working closely with the District Education Director and the Parent Teacher Associations to improve the current situation.He said he was going to make sure the school feeding program plays a major role in motivating pupils to stay in school through monitoring to ensure that good meals are prepared and served pupils.
The Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District is noted for high rate of abduction for marriage.
When asked, the DCE said he recently had a meeting with stakeholders and a resolution was passed henceforth that any parent who indulges in child abduction-for-marriage would be made to face the full rigours of the law, and added that he would also involve the assembly members to make sure this feat is achieved.
On sanitation the DCE said the general situation across the District was commendable as about thirty (30) communities in the District had attained Open Defecation Free (ODF) status and eighteen (18) are under assessment and would soon be declared open defecation free.
Credit: Bamie Tahir Ahmed