Denu (V/R), March 27, GNA - Indiscipline has taken the better part of student life at Saint Paul Senior High School in Denu, Mr Harrison E.K. Vortuame, Headmaster of the School said at the weekend.
Mr Vortuame made the observation in a report at the School's speech and prize-giving day celebration. The theme for the occasion was: 'Instilling discipline and morality in boys' schools, a recipe for fostering academic excellence-The role of stakeholders.'
He said the prevailing situation was creating serious moral decadence among the students.
Mr Vortuame noted that in November last year for instance, 14 final year students defied warnings and chattered a bus to attend a fun fair at Krobo Girls' Senior High School in Somanya in the Eastern Region.
He enumerated other acts of indiscipline in the School as occultism, theft, dodging of classes and students' refusal to write terminal examinations.
Mr Vortuame entreated parents to admonish their children before such acts reached the extreme when students got to the final year.
He said the School was applying different forms of punishment, seminars, guidance and counselling sessions, morning mass and vespers in an attempt to transform the students which efforts required the support of parents.
Mr Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey, Minister of State in charge of Finance and Allied Institutions said the bane of Ghana's development was the total breakdown of discipline in society.
He said people tended to ignorantly misconstrue democracy to mean doing what pleased them and admonished the students that success in life depended on discipline.
Dr. Ray Bright Voegborlo, Head of the Department of Chemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) expressed worry that some parents tended to interfere in disciplinary decisions of school management.
He said that was wrong and advised parents to allow school authorities to discipline their children if they were to become responsible individuals.
Students, teachers and some non-teaching staff of the School who distinguished themselves in their work were given various prizes.