The Principal of the Odumase-Krobo Nursing and Midwifery College, Hajia Marcelina Teni Kwose, has called on parents not to force their female children who complete Senior High Schools (SHS) into marriage.
She said it is worrying that some parents, particularly in the Muslim communities force their female children to get married as soon as they complete SHS.
She said instead of parents putting pressure on their girl children to get married, they should rather encourage them to either continue their education to the tertiary level or learn a vocation.
Hajia Kwose gave the advice at the 3rd graduation and send-off ceremony for the final year students of the Ghana-Lebanon Islamic School Complex (GLIS) in Accra over the weekend.
"Do not pressure the girls to get married but help them to go to school and secure jobs," she said, adding that the best support parents could give to their children, particularly the girl-child was to give them an education.
She, therefore, entreated the graduants to have a well-defined purpose in life and strive to achieve academic excellence in their academic journey.
The Director of GLIS, Bala Sa-ad
Hajia Kwose further urged the graduating students not to allow themselves to be influenced by bad companies after their completion, but to have role models in life.
She also advised the students to dissociate themselves from hooliganism, which she explained has reared its ugly hair in some Muslim communities.
"If you are brave, educate yourselves and stop being used for dirty works," she counselled the graduants.
GLIS was founded in January 2000 and commissioned on May 19, 2001, with the foresight and determination to provide quality education and unquestionable moral training and discipline to the Muslim youth in Ghana.
Some of the female graduating students
Although the school started with a few students and staff, it can now boast of about 700 students and about 90 members of staff.
In all, a total of 129 students, comprising 47 males and 80 females were graduated. Awards were presented to deserving students.
The Director of the school, Bala Sa-ad, said the school has since its inception built an enviable image for itself in regard to academic excellence and discipline.
Some of the male graduating students
He said the mission of the school is to provide quality education in a disciplined, morally, and Islamically sound environment.
He explained that admission to the school “is non-discriminatory as regards one's religion, race or gender”, noting that the school runs programmes for primary, Junior and Senior High Schools as well as Arabic and Islamic school for adults and young adults.
Mr Sa-ad said in spite of the successes the school has chalked, it is confronted with numerous challenges, including low admissions.
He said getting admissions of new students into the school, particularly at the SHS level was a challenge as many parents, especially Muslim parents prefer sending their children to other schools.
He has therefore called on Muslim parents to prioritize sending their children to the school for all-round education in primary, JHS, SHS and Islamic education.
Mr Sa-ad also appealed to the Ghana Islamic Society for Education and Reformation to help the school in its drive to get more admissions to remain relevant in the education industry.
He said the school would continue to introduce programmes to promote the economic and political upliftment of the underprivileged Ghanaian Muslim community through education.