The Principal of the Methodist University College, Ghana (MUCG), Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, has urged the management of the country's universities to put in place stringent measures to curb indecent dressing among students.
He observed that university campuses ought to be viable platforms for students to develop intellectually and also build strong moral characters that would benefit society.
The principal, who was speaking at the 17th matriculation ceremony of the MUCG last Saturday, said the universities would be doing a disservice to society if they failed to groom students well.
There have been concerns over increasing indecent dressing among the youth of the country. At a recent matriculation ceremony at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the Rector of the institute, Dr Wilberforce S. Dzisah, declared zero tolerance for the wearing of mini-skirts and provocative dresses by students, saying those dresses did not portray a good image about academic institutions.
And in April this year, the St John the Baptist Catholic Church at Pedu, a suburb of Cape Coast in the Central Region, banned provocative dressing in the church.
As a measure to effect the ban, the church started posting pictures of unapproved dresses on its premises every Sunday, with the President of the church council, Mr Andrew Kofi Wosesor, explaining that the ban was necessary.
He said some female church members exposed their breasts and panties through the dresses they wore to church, acts which he said, were frowned upon by the Catholic Church.
Joining the list of advocates against indecent dressing, Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said the MUCG was an institution that thrived on the strong principles of excellence, morality and service, adding that those virtues would not be lowered under any circumstance.
"At the MUCG, we are firm on issues of morality and so I strongly advise our freshers, especially the ladies, not to wear tight-fitting and transparent dresses, sleeveless tops and dresses that have bare backs. You are not to expose your breasts or belly. All skirts and straight dresses must fall well below the knee-level," he cautioned.
He gave an assurance that the MUCG would continue to adopt innovative measures to enhance prudent financial management, improved environment for teaching and learning and opportunities to make students develop the right skills needed by industry.
Blend academics with morality
The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana and Chairman of the MUCG Governing Council, the Most Rev. Titus Awotwi Pratt, backed the call for decent dressing, adding that it took discipline and integrity to excel in life after school.
He urged the fresh students to strive to blend academic performance with moral values and skills that would make them stand out and be counted in society.