Jul 7, 2009, 7:37 AM
We take with serious concern to partake in the ongoing debate in the country regarding students’ behaviours and youth comportment in general.
Our stand on the matter is that there is an absolute need to engage young people, including students in dialogue and discussions.
It is the responsibly of parents and teachers to teach young people about attitudes, and to create an opportunity for dialogue and discussion.
It must be made very clear that issues, such as corporal punishment are a thing of the past. And as such, we should not think of beautifying it in anyway.
Students cannot be treated like animals. After all, corporal punishment makes very little if any difference in child learning. The youth, including students have the rights not to be subjected to inhuman treatment and degradation. After all, we are in the 21st century!
While we do acknowledge that students also have to fulfill their responsibilities, by taking their education with seriousness and respecting their teachers, parents and peers; the parents, on the other hand, must create time for discussion with their children about their welfare and overall development.
Parents must continue to show keen interest in the education and well-being of their children, both at homes and in schools.
While we are not trying to promote indiscipline in schools and society in general, it is also our firm conviction that young people, including students must be treated with care, respect and dignity, no matter what it takes to do.