Koforidua (E/R), Teachers have been asked to go the extra mile to make the school environment more girl-child friendly so as to help retain them.
Mrs. Benedicta Addo, New Juaben Municipal Girl Child Education Coordinator, said they should make sure that the classroom did not become intimidating to them.
She was speaking at a ceremony held in Koforidua to mark 20 years of the establishment of girl child education clubs in the municipality.
These clubs are meant to assist empower girls � to develop the self-confidence to improve classroom performance.
Mrs. Addo highlighted the need to provide the opportunity for girls to pursue academic careers and said that was vital to the fight to lift women out of poverty and deprivation.
The first National Trustee of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Ms. Abena Gyamera, encouraged girls to pursue courses in mathematics, and the sciences.
They should overcome the phobia for these subjects, she added.
She also talked parents out of forcing young girls into early marriages and said that was not helpful to their development.
The school children earlier marched through some principal streets of Koforidua, carrying placards with messages like Engage your girls in technical subjects, Parent support your girls, Help our girls take leadership roles, and The kitchen is not the place for girls.
Source: Ghana News Agency