Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Asiamah, has urged students to remain focused in the pursuit of academic laurels, and avoid chasing wealth.
According to the minister, the love for money, most times, dissuaded young people from staying in school to follow their passion and become responsible people in society.
“Follow your passion and not riches. Staying in school, as well as following your passion is the sure way to become successful, instead of finding dubious ways to make money at an early stage,” the minister advised final year students of the Accra High School, during an interaction.
Mr Asiamah, who visited his alma mater to interact with the ‘Class of 2019’ after their final West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), said young people must make education a priority, rather than making money.
“Money comes to those who work very hard for it and stay committed to gradually climbing the success ladder, instead of finding short cuts to success,” he stated.
The minister said there were many challenges ahead after completing Senior High School, and students must be disciplined, while they waited for their results.
“Stay away from all forms of social vices, as well as unhealthy relationships that could destroy your ambitions towards life,” he stated.
He added that, “Keep a good relationship and count on them for counseling as they could mentor you along the line.”
Mr Asiamah urged them to apply what they studied in school, and continue reading to acquire more knowledge, in order to transform their lives and the people within the communities they live.
The minister also used the occasion to induct into office, the outgoing students into the old students fraternity known as ‘Onukpai’.
Representatives of the National Science and Maths Quiz, cadet officials and prefects were also presented with certificates.
Headmaster of the school, Mr Emmanuel K. Baidoo, also urged the outgoing students to do well and come back to help develop the school.
He asked them to be good ambassadors of the school, by working hard to become the future leaders of the country.
BY MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE