Back in the day pupils knew that for every wrong action that they made, they would have to ‘suffer the consequences’, as one of my dear former teachers would famously say.There would be ‘payment to be made’ in the form of a few lashes on the hands or bums, whichever way she preferred. Just to let you know who is in control!
Nowadays pupils have been given the ‘Freedom of the schools’, hence we see teachers being assaulted (P1) and most abused on a daily basis. These days pupils miss school regularly without permission, they engage in immoral acts inside school premises; their bad behaviour disrupts the process of learning and yet teachers are expected to fold their arms and do nothing. Detentions and some other forms of discipline implemented by the status quo seem not to be enough as the educators continue to suffer at the hands of their pupils who know very well that nothing harsher than mere detention can be given against them.
Attendance and good behaviour are pre-conditions for effective learning. Tackling poor behaviour is as much part of improving pupil performance as good teaching. There are a lot of reasons for poor behaviour and the problem must be tackled head-on. Parents should also play a vital role when it comes to their children’s lives in making sure that they prepare them for a better future. They should stay firm with their kids and stick to the boundaries they set.
The phenomena of parents making empty threats, not following through, and not actually meaning what they say seems to be an epidemic. Children now know how to get what they want by whining, crying, or just ignoring. Education is about values as well as knowledge and skills. Values such as respect, courtesy and consideration are the foundations of a civilised society and to me that includes respect for others and respect for authority. Teachers and other school staff deserve respect.There can never be any justification for subjecting them to assault, none whatsoever.
For me, when you spare the rod, you spoil the child!
Lerato wa ha Serero…