Parents whose children attend Methodist Basic schools at Betom and Soridae have appealed to teachers in these schools to organize extra classes for the children.
They also authorized the teachers to institute daily inspection of dresses, shoes and to use the cane where necessary to help raise discipline in these schools.
The parents made the appeal at a joint Parent/Teacher Association and School Management Committee meeting of the schools in Betom and Soridae in Koforidua on Wednesday as part of activities to mark the education week celebration of Methodist Schools in the Eastern Region.
The Circuit Officer for Betom, Mrs Cynthia Tetteh, disagreed with the parents on their request for canning to be introduced in the schools and said it was an abuse of the rights of the children.
She appealed to the parents to take on the responsibility of disciplining their children and stop pushing it to teachers because teachers have many fields to cover in the syllabus and so wasting time on canning and punishment would not help them to cover sufficient grounds in the syllabus.
The guest speaker, the Rev Kingsley Kwame Sarpong of the Akwadum Methodist Church, said pupils in public schools could equally excel like their counterparts in private schools if provided with the necessary facilities.
He appealed to parents to provide their children with their basic education needs.