Mr. Godfred Axolu, Nkoranza Municipal Director of Education has urged religious leaders to use the pulpit to encourage the youth to conduct themselves decently, especially in the way they dress.
Mr. Axolu also stressed the need for Churches to promote girl-child education through the same pulpit in their day-to-day teachings, and to inculcate in parents the need to support the education of their children to enable them to become responsible mothers in their communities in future.
He made these statements when he paid a courtesy call on the Queenmother of Nkoranza, Nana Adutwumwaa Dudai Kani to formally introduce himself to her as the new Education Director for the Municipality.
Mr. Axolu expressed concern about the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies in the municipality and called on stakeholders in the area to help control the problem before it got out of hand.
He also urged parents to check their children, particularly the females against moving with peers with questionable characters as a way to protect innocent girls from dabbling in early sexual practices and other social vices.
The Municipal GES Director called on parents to join hands with teachers towards the promotion of discipline in school communities, adding that Assembly members and Unit Committees should also come together to address moral decadence in their local communities.
The queen-mother thanked Mr. Axolu for his visit to the palace, and said the Queen-mothers’ Association of Nkoranza recently launched an educational campaign against teenage pregnancies.
She explained that under the campaign the executive members of the Association would soon start a programme to be visiting the communities to talk to girls to desist from early sexual practices.
Nana Kani said the Association had reintroduced puberty rites in the communities so to help girls develop to adulthood before they engaged themselves in sex, as was the case in the area in years gone by.
The Queen-mother called on parents not to encourage their girls to enter into early marriage because such practices had adverse effects on the girls’ education.