Political Science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Kwasi Amakye Boateng has charged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to incorporate swimming lessons into the basic school curriculum.
This comes after about twenty children who went to swim at sea at Apam in the Central region were swept away by high tides on Sunday evening.
So far, a search party has been able to retrieve the bodies of only thirteen (13) out of the number suspected to have drowned; the deceased include three (3) boys and ten (10) girls.
By the introduction of swimming lessons into the school curriculum, Dr. Amakye Boateng said to the carnage would not have been this severe had the kids been thought how to swim by a professional instructor at school.
Speaking on a political talk show on Kumasi-based Angel FM, he said, "there's no way we can stop the kids from swimming, but we can find ways to prevent them from drowning. The GES must consider teaching swimming at school".
"They must find qualified swimming instructors to teach our children, not to swim only for leisure, but also for emergencies like flooding and tidal waves and tempests at sea and other water bodies".
Meanwhile, a chief fisherman at Apam has said the children got drowned due to their own "stubbornness", because they knew very well that it was forbidden to swim beyond that point.
Bonsu Appiah, told Nana Yaa Brefo on Angel FM in Accra that, "they made their own path and went to swim beyond the shrine of the great Nana Apaah, the deity of Apam, knowing that it was forbidden to do so".
The bodies of the deceased has since been deposited at the Apam Government Hospital morque pending autopsy.
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