The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has disclosed that children found loitering on the streets will soon get access to free formal education.
The Ministry of Education made this announcement as part of a new policy known as the Complementary Education program.
“We have children on the street, and we don’t know whose mandate it is to take them off the street …. So this is where this new agency comes in to make sure that we will not see children on the street,” he said.
According to Dr Adutwum, his office is working with stakeholders to make this a success and long-term endeavour.
“Together with the Ministry of Gender and Child protection services and other agencies will get the children off our street.”
He stated that, while some may oppose the move on the grounds that the children are not Ghanaians, that will not deter him from carrying it.
“They are with us; we either take care of them or one day when they can no longer stand on the street and beg, we may find them in our room, and we will not like the conversation that will take place between them and us,” he added.