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Indiscipline in our schools

Apr 17, 2013, 9:28 AM

The issue of indiscipline in our schools is an issue of concern to all and sundry, particularly teachers, parents and other stakeholders in the education system.

While a good number of our students are respectful, ready to learn and, most importantly, disciplined, there still exist some indiscipline students among the whole caboodle of school-going children. Those are our concerns, and it is also a concern to school authorities as well.

While we are not casting blame on parents for the indiscipline of their children in schools, we believe that some of them also have to be blamed for one reason or another.

Since children spend more time at home than in school, one would imagine that their parents ought to discipline them at home, through teaching and training of their minds.

If parents fail to do so, then they are contributing partly to the problem. Nowadays, many parents are not as involved in their children’s education as they should.

While some are very much concerned about their children’s education, some are still not doing much in this area.

We know that school administrators, policy-makers and teachers have been struggling to find solutions to the problem of indiscipline in our schools, but the situation is still a cause for concern.

Students must take their learning seriously, and give maximum respect to their teachers and colleagues.

They must not be carried away by peer influence, but should rather honour their teachers.

It is very sad that in some schools students are heard insulting, threatening or even fighting teachers.

To us, this is unacceptable and must stop now in all our schools, from Koina to Kartong, irrespective of who owns the school or who the teacher is.

We, therefore, encourage school administrators to foster cordial relations between teachers and students. They must also put in proper disciplinary measures to address the situation.

Our final advice to those indisciplined students in our schools is that they must change their attitudes, if they want to succeed in life, and must also remember that what goes around comes around, meaning, if you beat, insult or threaten your teachers you must expect that one day someone, somewhere will also do the same thing to you.