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22.10.2008 Education

Catholic Varsity Bans Indecent Dressing

By Ian Motey, Fiapre -

THE Catholic University College of Ghana at Fiapre, has banned indecent dressing among students on campus with immediate effect.

The use of expensive dresses to lectures by students has also been banned.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor James Hawkins Ephraim, announced this at its seventh matriculation ceremony held at Fiapre near Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region on Saturday.

In all, 622 students, including 258 females, were admitted to pursue various programmes in both undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Public Health and Allied Sciences, Information and Communications Technology, Religious Studies, Education, Economics and Business for the 2008/2009 academic year.

Of the number, eight are foreigners, made of seven Nigerians and a Liberian.

Addressing the ceremony, Prof. Ephraim said the current enrollment represents a 56 per cent increase in the number of students admitted in the 2007/08 academic year.

He said this year's matriculation is a special one because the university has moved from the Sunyani campus to its permanent site at Fiapre where the event took place.

“This move intrinsically constitutes the second beginning of the university with a mandatory need to manage the change associated with relocation,” he said, adding that “the Catholic University is an old institution being started at a new place.”

 According to the Vice Chancellor, the University which started in March 2003 with 50 students, currently, has a population of 1,280.

He said the university has seen a significant growth in terms of infrastructure and human capital.

Prof. Ephraim noted that there has also been considerable growth in the number of courses offered which include undergraduate programmes in Agriculture and Environmental Science, Actuarial Science (Financial Mathematics), Mathematics with Finance, Mathematics with Economics and Nursing.

He advised the students to study hard and develop a habit of critical thinking saying “discipline should be your key work and moderation must underpin all your activities”.

The Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, His Lordship Matthew Kwesi Gyamfi, who chaired the function, urged them to take the matriculation vows seriously.

He said the “Catholic Church has not been new in education and that the sort or education it sought for students is only an accumulation of long scholarly experience.

He thanked the parents who had the courage to enroll their wards at the university saying they will not regret their decision.