Some schools in Mampong and Ankaase in the Eastern Region are likely to be closed down due to low attendance by pupils and students.
The District Chief Executive Officer of Atiwa, Atta Twum, claims some Junior High Schools are recording less than 10 students daily, blaming the poor attendance on galamsey operation (illegal mining) in the farming communities in the area.
He told Citi News
efforts by the districts have failed to deal with the problem because of the lack of cooperation from parents in the area.
“We need the full cooperation of the parents and we are not getting it.
Infact, from Mampong, we have been asked by the traditional authorities to close down the school because in JHS, you won’t get more than 10 students and it’s the same at Ankaase,” he explained.
Twum also said his outfit organized a forum for the residents at Akwaborso “about three weeks ago but the parents refused to attend because their children work in the various mines to provide for the family hence the resistance.”