Outrageous and provocative culture of dressing as well as copying the western world blindly, has taken over our own cultures and behaviours. It is rather unfortunate but that is being referred to as modernization by a section of the Ghanaian society.
Formerly parents, especially mothers, taught their children how to sit, stand, walk and behave like perfect would-ladies and gentlemen. Fathers and mothers were mostly perfect role models and their children confided in them. Where any child – boy or girl – had difficulties discussing intimate or individual problems with their fathers, mothers came in to ensure that everything was put in its proper place.
Currently, our children find solace in their friends, phones, games played on phones, text messages, facebook, twitter, What’s App and other internet applications. Some children hardly stay at home or participate in household chores. They carry themselves above all things and contact friends for bad advice which sometimes lands them in the ditch. Worse things than “sakawa” are happening around us now.
In a recent report, Professor Joshua Alabi, Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies Accra expressed concern about female students of the various universities who confuse lecturers in the lecture halls. Potential female future leaders take their indecent dressing to the lecture halls ostensibly to confuse and entice the male lecturers. It is a big problem in both the private and the public universities.
Some of the students are not good tertiary education materials and therefore find it difficult to cope with their programmes.
Some female students who are immorally bankrupt put up all manner of antics to attract the morally weak (male) lecturers for higher grades. Such students often sleep with some of the lecturers for various favours. The ladies have thrown discipline and decency to the wind and indecent dressing has become the order of the day.
Students who are crazy about this type of disdainful fashion should know that the whites they call their models usually acquire certain apparels for special occasions.
It is rather unfortunate that some Ghanaians, especially the youth, cannot differentiate between modernization and westernization. Low self-esteem is another disease which pushes some people to misconduct themselves.
For example, a male lecturer narrated his experience with a female student who internationally positioned herself at the front row in a lecture hall. While lecture was on-going she started opening her thighs in an “open-and-close” manner, knowing very well she had no pants on. Was it ‘gbeshiee’ or ‘gborgborvor?’
According to the lecturer, at the end of the lecture, he invited the student and advised her on good morals and behaviour in public places.
In another instance, a female student wore large beads and made sure they (beads) were being showcased in a lecture hall just to attract attention. But in the process of being whipped for an offense she had committed, the beads got snapped and scattered on the floor, thereby disgracing herself.
So far, it tertiary institutions like Valley View University, Asheshi University and African University College of Communication (AUCC) which make sure they have dress code for students, which they (students) comply with to the letter. Not even ‘spaghetti tops’ are allowed unless a shirt or coat is worn over it.
Moral bankruptcy, especially among high office holders and other citizens has fast taken a serious toll on our lives as a people.
Prof Joshua Alabi, we all say, ‘Ayeekoo!’ and thank you for drawing our attention to this disease of some of us exposing our contours, breasts, thighs and buttocks. Prof Alabi, be bold. Once some universities have instituted the dress code, go ahead and introduce and enforce it in your university as well.
It pays to behave like a lady! Wearing a short skirt or spotting mini frocks might not always give one the pass mark or qualification. Students must bear in mind that they are in the higher institutions to acquire knowledge and not to sell their bodies.
Source: Rose Asamoah/D-Guide
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