Mr Bernard Kuug, an official with the National Teaching Council is expressing worry about the breakdown of the extended family system which has resulted in the neglect of the aged in our societies.

In an interview with KkbPortal.com, the educationist sought to enumerate some of the inevitable developments which have resulted to the situation.

"Occupation, growing family size, education, and superstition among others have brought about these desertion of  families from their original homes and hometowns. Yet this phenomenon should not let us totally abandon our roots. Some parents for the fear of witchcraft and other superstition have shielded their kids from visiting their families in their hometowns, not even for any family gathering. This is really bad" Mr Kuug noted.

He however indicated the aged in some families are neglected to suffer from  emotional traumatic conditions and deteriorating financial, physical and health conditions which is very horrendous to talk about.

"For the fear of these superstitions and turgid work schedules at workplaces, some people have failed to attend to the aged and weak in their families. No financial support, no call no letter to respond to their needs. Its very unfortunate for some of us to forget that, we will one day grow to that stage in life where we will need the support of others" Mr Kuug bemoaned.

To correct this menace, he suggested "there should be a paradigm shift in the sermons at our churches and mosques, preachers should let followers know that old age is a blessing not a sign of wizardry or witchcraft. There should be proper integration and socialisation system where the young will respect the elderly and see them as the custodians of the heritage and culture of their communities. Government in the other breath through the Ministry of Children Gender and Social Protection should also formulate policies which will cover the pressing needs of the aged and empower them to be self-reliant"

The former lecturer at the Berekum College of Education called on teachers to also teach pupils to be responsible to the elderly in their society. This he believes will inculcate the habit of prompt support for the aged in the to-be adults.

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