The Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese John Ryan has urged teachers championing Youth Christian Movements (YCM) in both public and mission schools to be active in the drive.
Speaking on Saturday during a youth conference for Catholic Schools under Mzuzu Diocese at Marymount Secondary School, Ryan said the introduction of YCM in schools was important but claimed authorities entrusted to run them failed to develop the system.
He said some students in YCM are drug addicts while others engage in premarital sex because they lack guidance.
“You can’t accomplish your educational endeavours without God. So create dreams, choose one out of the many and with God you will excel,” said Ryan.
Diocesan youth chaplain Father Angel Nkhata said due to lack of seriousness to revamp YCM, there is high school drop-out rates among girls due to pregnancy and deaths as a result of unsafe abortions.
In his inspirational talk, Gerald Nthala, a language and literature lecturer at Mzuzu University, advised the students to make productive use of the time in school.
Students from Euthini, Phwezi Boys and Girls and Robert Laws secondary schools, Ekwendeni College of Nursing, Mzuzu University attended the conference.