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Parents urged to give children time to read

Apr 28, 2010, 12:53 PM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah in CRR

Mr. Abubakarr Cole Fatty, the Principal of Janjanbureh Upper Basic School in Central River Region South has called on parents and guardians to give their children ample time to read their books at home, as they are preparing for their examination come May 2010.

Mr. Fatty made these remarks in an interview with the Point in Janjangbureh over the weekend.

According to him, the purpose of the establishment of Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in schools was to amicably work with schools authorities in the interest of school-going children in that school.

He added that the welfare of school children does not only depend on the teachers alone, but also with the parents or guidance as they (parents) have more time with the children than teachers. He noted that for children to achieve their educational career, all parties must play their role effectively, and these include the government, teachers, parents and even the student themselves.

"The Government of The Gambia has created a conducive environment for learning to take place by building schools, employed teachers and provided relevant learning materials. It is the duty of the parents to send their children and maintain them in schools, but it is equally the responsibility of the students to go to school and learn well," he emphasized.

Mr. Fatty elucidated that the importance of education cannot be over-emphasised, adding that there will be no meaningful development in any country if the country has no lecturers to dictate the development aspirations of the country.

To him, knowledge is power and the master key to all development doors, and thus the need to give children the chance to have time to read their books.

Mr. Fatty used the opportunity to thank the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) for their usual co-operation and understanding, adding that they are concerned parents and has been very supportive in the smooth running of the school.

He applauded his teachers for their hard work and discipline.