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16.10.2007 Education

Students warned against occultism

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The Most Reverend Gabriel Justice Anokye, Auxilliary Catholic Bishop of Kumasi, has expressed concern about occultism by students in second and tertiary institutions in the country.

He said occultism could have adverse effects on their development and urged them to refrain from it.

Most Rev. Anokye was delivering the sermon at a thanksgiving service for authorities, workers and students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi on Sunday.

It was in memory of 108 students and workers of the university who died in the past five years and for God's blessings for the authorities.

The service was under the theme, “Remember the Wondrous Deeds the Lord has Done”.

Most Rev. Anokye called on school and university authorities, religious bodies and stakeholders in education to collaborate and campaigned vigorously against occultism “which most students ignorantly perceive to be normal”.

He asked students to refrain from the get-rich-quick attitude, drug abuse, trafficking and be disciplined.

Professor Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa, Vice-Chancellor, said the authorities had since last year spent about 3.6 million Ghana cedis to improve infrastructure at the university.

He said they were financed by Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), and the projects undertaken included completion of the central classroom lecture theatre, furnishing of the Faculty of Law lecture theatre, completion of medical students' hostel and College of Agriculture and National Resources Students' hostel at Sunyani.

Prof. Adarkwa said other on-going projects were construction of an Information, Technology and Communication centre and housing units for members of staff.