By Emmanuel Oluwadola
Senior Secondary School students in Ondo State have been charged to shun cultism, immorality, and other social vices as they enter higher institutions.
The charge was given at the valedictory ceremony for the 2022/2023 graduating students of St Michael’s Catholic High School, Akure.
The Principal of the school, Mr Adeniyi Oluyide, stressed that quality education without moral values will not benefit society, urging the graduates to be good ambassadors of the school.
“As you leave this school today and step into the world, God Almighty will always be with you and guide your steps as you journey through life. Ensure you avoid all societal vices and lead a Godly life,” Oluyide advised.
The PTA Chairman of the school, Pastor Akinrinsoye Clement, also advised parents to refrain from involving their children in examination malpractice. He emphasized that ‘miracle centres’ have negative consequences for students.
Offering guidance, one of the teachers, Mrs Olayinka Owajulaye urged the graduating students to ‘take heed’ as they venture into a wider society.
She said, “the world is full of dangers and perils. As you enter the wider society, be mindful of the company you keep, what you eat and drink, the decisions you make, and social media vices. Above all, eliminate all distractions.”
The Senior Prefect Girl, Omotayo Oyindolapo, expressed gratitude to God for sustaining the students throughout their academic journey despite all the challenges. She praised the school for instilling academic, social, and moral training in the students, making them outstanding individuals in society.
She also advised her fellow to stay focused on their academic goals and avoid procrastination and distractions.
Out of the 504 students admitted in September 2017 for the six-year academic program, only 248 students graduated.
Highlights of the ceremony included the presentation of gifts, skits, songs, stage drama, club presentations, and more.