Dr Kwabena Twum Nuamah, the Member of Parliament for Berekum East, has appealed to senior high school pupils not to be influenced by bad peers.
He said they should be wary of senior colleagues who would attempt to lure them into lesbianism, drug abuse, alcoholism and other unhealthy practices that could put their future in peril.
Dr Nuamah gave the advice when Patrons of Berekum, a group made up of prominent citizens from Berekum based in Accra, awarded 22 junior high school graduates in the Berekum Municipality who excelled in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in 2013.
Each student received some books, certificate and an undisclosed amount of money.
Dr Nuamah noted with concern that many alcoholics and drug addicts were lured into such habits when they were in second cycle schools and had now become addicts.
He advised students to always remember the huge expenses being made by their parents and guardians in their education and justify that by study hard to achieve good results.
Prof Daniel Obeng Ofori, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources and a member of the group, said Patrons was formed four years ago with the vision of helping basic school students to pursue higher education.
He said it had provided scholarships to a number of SHS students and gave the assurance that the group was ready to support all brilliant but needy students in the municipality.
Mr Opoku Boakye, the Berekum Municipal Chief Executive, said the Assembly was doing all it could to improve education and appealed to the group to support in the area of educational infrastructure.
He said many basic schools in the municipality still held classes under dilapidated structures. GNA