The East Akim Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in the Eastern Region is worried over the continuous engagement of pupils in jackpot games to the detriment of their education.
Pupils in various basic schools within the municipality reportedly sneak out of school to play jackpot in view of the little monetary benefits they derive from it while others do not attend school at all.
After a careful scrutiny, the assembly in collaboration with the GES has issued a ban on the operations of the jackpot outlets indicating that it will also withdraw licenses of various betting companies within the municipality to safeguard the education of their wards.
At a recent assembly meeting, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Simon Peter Asirifi announced that the assembly will get tough on operators who fail to comply.
The Assembly cannot sit down and watch these things to go on due to its consequences on the quality of education,” Mr. Asirifi stated.
Akyem Tafo chief, Osabarima Adusei Peasah IV and Abuakwa North MP, Hon. Gifty Twum Ampofo in recent times raised similar concerns over the development and called for pragmatic measures in curtailing the situation.