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21.01.2005 Regional News

KNUST JSS holds moral counselling sessions for students

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Kumasi, Jan. 21, GNA - The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Junior Secondary school (JSS) is holding a three-day moral counselling sessions for its students and their parents. The programme held annually at the beginning of every term aims among other things to inculcate good moral values into the youth since it is an important prerogative if the children are to grow into responsible adults who will be useful to the nation.

Career counselling, an important complement of the moral session follows the moral counselling shortly in the school's annual academic calendar and this has the benefit of enabling the students to make informed choices as regards the courses that will lead them to their aspired future careers.

Addressing one of the moral sessions on Wednesday, Dr Cobbina Amoo-Aidoo, Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), said it had been one of the avowed aims of the school to combine academic work with discipline and moral training and this had earned the school its present reputation of being one of the best JSS in the country.

The PTA Chairman, who later donated a 34-inch colour television and a video deck to the school on behalf of the PTA, urged parents to complement the efforts of the school by supervising their studies at home and discouraging them from watching television all night.

Mrs Theodosia Jackson, Headmistress, whose dynamism resilience and hard work has contributed immensely to the school's status, spoke on the HIV/AIDS menace with the aid of a video show and advised the students to avoid pre-marital sex and concentrate on their studies, adding, "there is time for everything".

Dr Peter Kyei, lecturer at KNUST and newly elected chairman of the school's Board of governors, commended Mrs Jackson for her hard work whiles urging parents to spend quality time with their children. He called on fathers to show love and concern to their daughters and help them to build a good self-image to enable them to become assertive in the event of any wooing from men.

Evangelist Morgan, an itinerant evangelist based in Kumasi who gave a pep talk, admonished parents to follow the Biblical injunction to "train up a child in the way he should go so that when he grows old he will not depart from it".

He urged the parents to make the upbringing of their children a paramount concern since children were gifts from God who would hold them accountable if they shunned that duty.

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