?It?s a pity nudity has become an acceptable fashion among the youth. It is a fact that nudity is one of the factors contributing to the increase in rape and defilement in the country. As we all know, men are aroused by what they see.?

Rev. Dr. Grace R. Aryee, the Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries said this during her interaction with members of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) during its Jubilee conference on the subject ?the Critical Realities of Morality in Modern?day Ghanaians Schools: The youth factor,? held at the new lecture theatre of the University of Cape Coast.

The Ghanaian youth are often accused of lacking morality especially among senior high schools and tertiary institutions. It is adversely affecting parents, teachers, students and the nation at large. Such practices include nudity, drug abuse, sexual immorality, occultism and Cyber fraud (sakawa).

She stressed that immorality is enormously damaging and disrupting the academic progress and the lives of the youth who are the leaders of tomorrow and the bedrock of the nation?s workforce and economy therefore it is important that the youth avoid acts which might impact negatively on the nation?s development.

Rev. Dr Grace advised that the word ?AKETESI? which refers to a decent woman or girl must be revived in this 21st century because it is loosing out as the youth especially young ladies dress half naked unlike the past when parental supervision was intense.

Attributing unemployment, inefficiency of security agencies, lack of parental control and peer pressure as the major causes, she stated that drug abuse is constantly being discussed but rather the indulgence rate is on the increase.

Some members of CHASS revealed that certain immoral practices on campuses such as homosexuality is sponsored by individuals who entice the young ones through payment of their schools fees to accept the practice against norms whiles human rights activists and lawyers raise arguments of rights of the individual as defense so all must be vigilant since its happening in most high schools.

?School authorities and parents should join hands and protect the youth from endangering their future through indiscretion and socially reprehensible practices,? she advised.

Wth emphasis on scriptures in the Bible, she encouraged members? who are leaders and role models to lead exemplary lives through integrity and honesty though it will be at the cost of ridicule, rejection and persecution.

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