Students at the Talensi District of the Upper East Region are deserting the classrooms in search of gold - a development which has resulted in their poor performance at the Basic Certificate Examination (BECE).
The district scored 16% at the 2015 BECE. Whilst the best aggregate obtained in the district was 17, some schools scored as low as below 5% in 2015 in the area. The pursuit of gold on the part of the students to the neglect of their schoolwork is just one of the factors responsible for tumbling standards of education in the area.
Child mining is feared to be one of the major indicators of child labour in Ghana and Africa with children feared to be subjected to severe mistreatment and abuse not to talk about the health implications involved.