A campaign, dubbed “Corruption-Free Schools,” aimed to educate pupils to eschew corrupt practices and to live upright lives when they become adults, has been launched in Kumasi.
The project is being championed by the Ghana Corruption-Free Schools Programme, a non-governmental organization, in collaboration with Bread For All, a Switzerland based NGO.
At the launch, the project director, Baffour D. Amoa said the programme will target pupils from the basic and second cycle schools “as it is easier to mould them instead of allowing them to grow before teaching them the evils of corruption.”
He said the project will use volunteers and the corruption-free clubs that will be formed in the schools, to sensitise the pupils on the evils of the practice, how to identify the evils and to tackle it.
Mr. Amoa enumerated some of the corrupt practices that are pervasive in schools such as sex for grades, bribes for admissions and financial malpractices by school officials as some of the practices that negatively affect the development of the educational system in the country.
He said the organisation has developed a code of conduct and distributed them to some schools and “I am hopeful that other schools would sign on to the proramme to adopt the code for their own good.”
The Ashanti Regional Minister Kofi Opoku-Manu, in a speech read on his behalf, commended the NGO for embarking on the campaign and it would go a long way to inculcate into the pupils good morals so that they would eschew tendencies of corrupt practices in adult life.
He said the government considered the fight against corruption very seriously and would welcome any assistance from any organisation to help fight the menace.
Mr. Opoku-Manu reiterated that for the fight against the practice to succeed, “there is the need for the laws of the country to be applied without fear or favour.”
He said it was worthwhile that the pupils were being taught to eschew negative practices at this early stage as it would be easier for them to stop it than allowing them to grow up before asking them to stop.