Pupils turned into ‘labourers’ to make money for their school

Pupils turned into ‘labourers’ to make money for their school

Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that some pupils of the Twifo Asensuho District Assembly D/A Basic School in the Central Region engage in menial jobs during class hours.

According to a report by 3news.com, they are compelled to work during the day, as classes are ongoing.

They are often tasked to transport firewood and cocoa from farms to various destinations on daily basis.

A boy wearing a shirt

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These items, usually firewood and water, are transported to various destinations in the community.

As some teachers are busily teaching in classrooms, others are seen loitering about in the school.

Pupils carrying firewood

Proceeds from the errands are said to be given to the school. The children who are used for errands, are also given food and sometimes money as compensation.

Chairman of the school’s PTA, Mr. Bright Ankomah, confirmed the claims by the pupils and justified same, stating the pupils are made to run errands in order to be able to raise money to provide for some social amenities in the school.

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PTA Chairman, Bright Ankomah

He blamed the situation on the neglect of some parents.

He explained that the failure by parents to provide for their wards has accounted for some of these challenges.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Headmaster of the school, James Lawrence Donkoh, has acknowledged the fact that pupils run errands for teachers in order to be paid.

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James Lawrence Donkoh, Assistant Headmaster

He admitted that teachers engage the service of pupils in menial jobs

I will not deny the fact that pupils are made to work during school hours but they are just menial jobs,” he stated.

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