- An order from local deities in Upper Denkyira East is impeding the education of girl students in the community
- The order is that no girls be allowed to cross the river on Tuesdays and during their monthly periods
- The Central Regional Minister has stated that he will liaise with the proper people to try and find a solution to the situation
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Female students in the Upper Denkyira East municipality in the Central Region who have to cross the Offin River in order to get to school will no longer be able to attend school on Tuesdays due to the local gods.
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According to the Upper Denkyira East Amoafo Circuit Education Supervisor, Mr. Prince Evans Acquah, an order that girls in the community not be allowed to cross the Offin River on Tuesdays and whenever they're having their monthly periods is having a detrimental effect on the students' education.
Speaking at a meeting of heads of junior high schools held in Cape Coast in the Central Region yesterday, Mr. Acquah asked education athorities present, what government planned to do about the menace.
The meeting, which was put together by the Central Regional Coordinating Council (CRCC), was organized in order to assess the performance of schools in the Central Region and find out reasons why education in the region would go into decline.
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“There are a lot of issues impeding the development of education in the region. But what is worrying to me is the fact that girls in the settler communities, on the orders of the gods, are not allowed to cross the river on Tuesdays. They are also forbidden to cross the river when they are in their menses,” Mr Acquah.
Adherence to the directive from the local gods means girls in the affected community will miss several days of school per month, even though the situation is not the affected students' faults.
Having heard of the situation, Central Regional Minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan, has stated that he will coordinate with the area's DCE in order to try and find a solution to the problem.
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