The Tema West Municipal Chief Executive, Mrs Adjoa Amoako, has urged parents to dissuade school children from handling mobile phones because it has the potential to divert them from their books.
Speaking during a visit to welcome fresh school children to school (My First Day at school) programme in the municipality, she urged parents to help teachers to instil the habit of reading in children at an early age to widen their horizon.
Mrs Amoako argued that children with a good educational foundation would also build the capacity to withstand the addiction that came with the use of a mobile phone.
She encouraged the teachers to continue to guide the children to grow into responsible citizens.
Mrs Amoako was accompanied by the Presiding Member for Tema West Municipal Assembly, Kwasi Poku, the Tema West Municipal Educational Director, Francis Steele and the Tema Metropolitan Coordinator for Basic Schools, Mrs Christiana Ablakwa to the Old Lashibi Basic School and Baatsona TMA Primary school.
They distributed exercise books, pencils and biscuits to the newcomers.
Mrs Ablakwa also advised teachers to show love to the school children and help impart the new standard based syllabus intended to make the learners critical thinkers, confident and good communicators, among other benefits.
At Old Lashibi Basic School, 26 children made up of 17 girls and nine boys were admitted in Primary 1 while five children including three girls had been admitted at Kindergarten 1.
At Baatsona TMA Primary School, 28 pupils including 15 boys had been admitted in Primary 1.
FROM GODFRED BLAY GIBBAH, TEMA