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13.12.2010 Education

Catholica Institue Holds Third Matriculation

By Sebastian Syme - Daily Graphic
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The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, has called on students of the Catholic Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT) to be guided by the five most important components that drive total formation programme of a person’s life.

Those five ‘indispensable’ components- obedience, wisdom, stature, the fear of God and the love of people, he said, guaranteed a successful life.

Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle, who was speaking at the third matriculation ceremony to usher in 125 students into the CIBT in Accra said those components formed the ethos of Catholic education in Ghana.

He referred to Luke 2:51-52 which talks about the boy Jesus at age 12, who got lost and was found by his parents in the temple of Jerusalem, listening to the old and wise men of Israel, asking them questions.

Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle, who is also the Chancellor of the CIBT, said the matriculants, just like Jesus, when guided by the components could grow in obedience to the school’s regulations, grow in wisdom and in stature as well as grow in their relationship with God.

The Registrar of CIBT, Mr Peter D. Osebre, earlier in his welcoming remarks advised the students to set enviable benchmarks that would make them proud noting that it was incumbent upon them to respect the authority and abide by the rules and regulations of the institute.

“Above all, take your studies seriously as this is the main reason you have been enrolled into this institute,” he added.

Mr Osebre advised the students to desist from alcoholism and other forms of drug abuse which he stressed militated against sound intellectual growth.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashietey, paid tribute to the Catholic Church through whose efforts and dedication the institute was established to complement government’s effort in making the business of education relevant, accessible and affordable.

He said the government was addressing the deficiencies and weaknesses in the educational system to demonstrate its total commitment to the development of the sector.

He mentioned, among others, the revamping of science resource centres in selected senior high schools in the country through the training of teachers to man the centres and the setting up of a minimum of one senior high school in every constituency, as some of the commitments.

Nii Ashietey, in whose constituency the new campus of the CIBT is located, expressed appreciation to the Catholic Church, teachers, parents and guardians for the gesture and pledged his personal commitment to the development of the institute.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Most Rev. Leon B. Kalenga, was present at the function.

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