Ministry of Education, Guyana

Friday, 23 January 2015 11:51

Abandoned children attending school under CCPA’s care

GreeneThree of the children found abandoned in their rat infested home in Guyhoc Park, Tucville have resumed school under the watch of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA).

The children, aged 12, eight, four and one, were rescued by CCPA on January 6.
Understanding the importance of education, CCPA Director Ann Greene said a decision was taken to have the three older children recommence school.
The 12-year-old girl is attending a secondary school while her eight-year-old sister is attending a primary school. Even as the toddler remains in the care of a safe house, her four-year-old brother is benefiting from the services of a day care centre.
Even as the children remain in the care of CCPA, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is continuing its quest to locate their parents. Once found, charges will be laid against them on the grounds of abandonment.
Only last Tuesday, Greene stated quite emphatically that neglect is one of the major issues affecting children in Guyana. She had pointed out that cases of neglect and abandonment have been growing steadily over the years.
In most cases, parents are charged, jailed or fined for such behaviour; however, recognising the importance of family, they are also given a chance to have custody of their children.
However, Greene pointed out that the stability of parents is first verified before custody is given.

Source: Guyana Times

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