The institute of business administration and technology (IBATECH) has held its fourth matriculation ceremony for some 250 students at the institute's Rokupa estate campus, Willington in Freetown.
Executive director of IBATECH, Willie Fofanah called on every citizen of Sierra Leone to prioritize education as according to him, education is not a privilege but the key to success in life.
He encouraged students to take their work very seriously and abide by the rules and regulations of the institution. "Education is better than silver and gold. It is a must for parents to educate their children," he said.
"We are calling on organizations to assist us with education materials such as computers, photo copiers and printers," Fofanah added.
Deputy minister of education, youth and sports, Dr. Lansana Nyallay, who was guest speaker at the event, said matriculations are recognized ceremonies throughout the world as they are part of the agenda of any reputable institution.
He said the institution was committed to educating and training students in a bid to build their capacities.
To the students, the minister said they have started a long journey and encouraged them to take their work seriously.
To the parents, he said: "You should take the right step in developing your children. Parents should change their attitude".
Dr. Nyallah said the matriculation ceremony was very important in the lives of students as that confirm them as students of the institution.