Student misbehaviour spiralling out of control in our schools

William Somo

This may seem a bit of an exaggeration, but for someone who is in touch with what is happening not only in our education system, but in everyday life, what follows is the truth.

Parents need to ask themselves questions to find answers about where they went wrong and why so many are in a situation where it has not only become hard to speak to their children, but scary.

Alcohol is taking its toll on our education system. The key issue here is whether parents want to help their children change their world for the better.
Probably 60-70% of the problems I went through as a student were because of my parents; my point being children are bound to be the products of the lives they live with their parents.

If there is alcohol or verbal abuse at home, it will affect children, no question about it. Parents must show their children how to be a useful part of society. One of the most obvious important role for parents at home is also to help groom their children to be better people.

The amount of time parents spend with their children today is not what it should be and that is how they lose their children.
Parents do not know what their children do when they are out of the house. They do not know what kind of mischief they get up to when they send these children to university until they get a call to inform them about their children’s suspension.

Many parents don’t even bother with their primary school children. They do not help with assignments and homework anymore.

Is this really the culture embraced in the modern world?

If this is the case we are not even closer to overcoming the challenges of a problematic and unstable youth.

This is by the way in no way a complete shift of the blame to parents.

However, something must be done to end the violence in our schools and to end the negative reports we see week in and week out in the media about what is happening not only at our institutions of higher learning, but also those at primary level.

I always tell friends that if there is one thing I regret not having given enough time to do in my young age at primary, was reading. I however wouldn’t really blame my parents for this because I understand the environment within which some of us grew probably did not allow for such pampering. Even if it did really, because of the history of our country some of our parents had divorced themselves from education and this played a huge role in how they groomed their children.

However, today the latter should be the opposite. We live in a different world; a world in which opportunities present themselves in much better position for our youth to take advantage of in ultimately uplifting the lives of not only their close families but also that of the community.

It is however shameful that we do the opposite when presented with these opportunities today. Look at how June the 16th is celebrated by the youth in some parts of our country; disappointing to say the least. I say “celebrated” rightfully so because that is what some of us do. But, it is only when we realise that this day is about commemoration that we’d probably start understanding as the youth what this day really means and start teaching one another about it.

We seem to be developing the so called “renegade student” culture which is actually never going to be good for the future of our country.

This has to stop and the battle can only be won if parents start addressing it in their homes from a very young age

William Somo

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