Vandalism in school counter-productive - University don advises students

BY: Dominic Moses Awiah
Professor Nyarko addressing the students at the matriculation ceremony
Professor Nyarko addressing the students at the matriculation ceremony

The Vice-Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University (RMU), Professor Elvis Nyarko, has advised tertiary students to eschew vandalism, since it will go against them when applying for testimonial for future endeavours.

In the case of the RMU, he reminded the students that the behaviour they would exhibit on campus would determine the kind of testimonial to be issued by the faculty should they apply for employment or for further studies.

Speaking at the 16th matriculation ceremony for fresh students of the university in Accra, Prof. Nyarko said the use of vandalism or any form of violence by students could never justify or vindicate them from the action.

"We live in a civilised society and civility and decency must reflect in all our actions," he said.

In all, the university admitted 525 students from both member and non-member countries for the 2018/19 academic year.

The number represents about 70 per cent of the 750 applications received for various programmes. They are made up of 442 males and 84 females.

Consequences

Prof. Nyarko entreated students to weigh the consequences of their actions, saying they should always remember that whatever they did individually or collectively would impact on their future lives.

"Always be mindful of the broader consequences of any collective actions that you may get yourselves involved in,” he stated.

The vice-chancellor said the university was governed by rules, which served as the margins of everybody's freedom, and that hiding under the umbrella of groups to misconduct themselves could cause their withdrawal, rustication or prosecution.

He said by taking the matriculation oath, students had pledged to be obedient and submissive to management, as well as other officers of the university, and that they would commit themselves to abide by the statutes.

Balance

Prof. Nyarko urged the students to endeavour to strike a balance between their studies and religious activities, adding: “In other words, do not spend all your time on religious programmes, to the disadvantage of your studies, which is your cardinal reason for being here."

He admonished the students to be punctual at university functions and emphasised that attending lectures was compulsory, with minimum attendance of 75 per cent being required for them to be allowed to sit for end-of-semester examinations.

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