The St. Michael’s Catholic High School, Akure, Ondo state, on Friday admitted 600 students and warned them against social vices.
Pastor Oluyide Adeniyi, the Principal of the school, gave the charged, while addressing the students during the 2021/2022 academic session walk-in ceremony at the school premises.
Adeniyi urged the newly admitted students to desist from any anti-social behaviours capable of disrupting the smooth running of the school.
According to him, the warning was imperative to safeguard their studentship and ensure successful academic career in the school.
He said “today we are doing walk-in ceremony of the JSS 1 students which they call in the tertiary institutions as ‘matriculation’ but we call it walk-in ceremony in the secondary school. During the walk-in ceremony, it’s usually to be a week long programme in which we are going to teach the newly admitted students of the ideas, the norms, culture and rules and regulations of the school in order to allow them to adjust to the environment of the school.
“600 students walk-in today for the 2021/2022 academic session and my advise to them is to work hard because hard work pays and they should be very focus on their academics.”
Speaking on the motive behind the programme, Adeniyi said, “we are trying to bring innovation into the teaching profession in order to bring the society alive, joyful moment among others because we can’t work through all the calendar year so we need to engage in extra curriculum activities and I believe this exercise is part of the extra curriculum activities so that students we have joy of coming to school.”
Adeniyi, who also spoke on how the government and individual can curb social vices amongst the youths said, “charity begins at home, I think we need to do some things right from home as parent, parents must have time for their children. There must be adequate home training in order to reduce social vices in our communities.
“While the schools have their own role to play by nurturing and encouraging them. So parents should finance their children’s education properly. We should not leave everything alone for the government. When parents failed to play their role, the role of the government cannot be complemented.”
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