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10.08.2004 Regional News

Council of State member cautions against present state of immorality

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Kumasi, Aug 10, GNA - A member of Council of State has cautioned that if the present state of immorality and indiscipline in the country was not checked, a time would come when it would be difficult to get people with good moral character to take up leadership positions.

This is because the present youth who are the future leaders would have been so tainted with immoral behaviours and indiscipline that in spite of their excellent academic records they might achieve, they would not qualify to occupy leadership positions.

Dr K.A. Owusu-Ansah, the Council of State member, who gave the caution, was speaking at the graduation of 98 pupils of the Mother Smith International Junior Secondary School at Kyirapatre in Kumasi on Friday. He expressed regret that most of the youth in second-cycle institutions had now turned into armed robbers, drug addicts and in some cases into prostitutes.

He cautioned the students not to be influenced by their peers who would drag them into such social vices, which could shatter their future and that of the country.

Dr Owusu-Ansah implored parents, guardians and all stakeholders in education not only to help in curbing these disturbing phenomena but also to take very active interest in Vice-President Aliu Mahama's crusade against indiscipline and immorality in the society.

Mr Frank Oduro Agyepong, General Overseer of the New Testament Assembly, said the school, which started with only 15 students in 1984, now had 720 students.

He said the school would soon build a hostel to accommodate pupils who would like to utilise the school's facilities especially those from other regions.

Mr Yaw Baffour Atta, head teacher, appealed to the school's Board of Governors and the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) to refurbish the staff common room and also equip the library with modern books for use by both teachers and students.

The Rev Asante Amano, the Board Secretary, commended the pioneers, management and Board who had worked tirelessly to make the school what it had become.

He announced that the school had acquired a 30-acre land to be developed into a senior secondary school while the school had opened another one at Juaben.