The Ghana Education Service (GES) has outlined five top rules for teachers against child labour in schools across the country.
The Western Regional Director of Education Felicia Agyeibea Okai (Mrs.) in a letter said, following the recent incidence of child labour resulting in the loss of lives of some students in the country, there is a need for prohibition of child labour in schools, especially schools in the Western Region.
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She has directed Metro/Municipal/District Directors of Education and Heads of Second Cycle Schools to as a matter of urgency remind all staff in their Districts and Schools NOT to indulge pupils and students in any form of child labour or any activity that can be described as such.
Felicia Agyeibea Okai has reiterated that, all GES staff must be guided by the Ghana Education Service Code of Conduct Part 3 section 3.7 which stipulates that:
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1. No employee shall subject to any form of exploitative labour.
2. A staff shall not use labour of a pupil/student in any form whatsoever with or without the consent of the parents.
3. An employee shall not send a child on errands for him/her during contact hours.
4. No staff shall use the labour of pupils/students for private or personal service with/without the consent of their parents/guardian and of the school head during school hours.
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5. The exploitative activities that staff shall not engage pupils/students in shall include but not be limited to; selling/trading in items, weeding, farming, carrying of water, sand, stone and blocks or doing household chores.
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The Regional Directorate of Education has called on all Metro/Municipal/District Directors and Heads of Second Cycle Schools to ensure that all staff comply with the directive.
Read the letter below.