Educationist and proprietor of the Abofra World School in Kumasi, Dr. Mrs. Marian Babah Alargi has cautioned parents to exercise patience and restraint as children come home for the long vacation.
Her admonition comes at a time several schools are wrapping up the academic year for a long vacation.
Addressing parents at the school’s graduation, Dr. Babah Alargi observed that the curiosity and energetic exuberance of children could exhaust the patience of parents forcing them to resort to corporal punishment.
She recounted, “There are sad moments when you tell a child to stop doing something and they raise their hands to protect their faces. Parents do it and teachers do it but let’s advise ourselves to all stay away from corporal punishment. With the right positive behavioral reinforcement measures, our children will turn out with the best of behaviors,”
“I pray that as the children come home, you exercise patience because they are full of energy and you might be tempted to hit them,” she added.
The graduation represented a significant milestone in the arsenals of the school as it officially passed out its pioneering students who took part in the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examinations.
Other students progressing from Preschool to primary school; crèche to Kindergarten and primary to Lower Secondary Schools were also robed for the graduation and prize-giving day.
The Chairman for the graduation, Microfinance Coordinator for Golden Pride Savings and Loans Company Limited Mr. Collins Preko Nyarko underscored the critical role parents have to play in safeguarding children against the negative influences of social media.
“I will plead with parents to be careful about the effects and influence of social media on our children. We have positive things in there but they need to be guided as they get introduced to social media,”
Commenting on the rich cultural display exhibited by the students at the event, he commended the school for creating a template for balancing holistic academic training with sound cultural and traditional values.
“I will plead with everybody here that as we nurture our children, let us place good emphasis on our local heritage and the speaking of the local language. That is where the culture and the ethical values are embedded,” he emphasized.
Head of Academics with Abofra World School Mr Bernard Baffour Amankwah Gyawu encouraged the spirit of pastoral care and support for both current students and past students who graduate for higher learning as exemplified by his school management team.
By: Ivan Heathcote – Fumador.