28 February 2013

Gambia: Indiscipline in Schools


It has been observed that indiscipline is getting rampant in our schools. The recent fracas involving students of St Augustine's Senior Secondary School and teachers, which resulted to the closure of the school by the Basic Education Ministry, is worrisome.

We deem it fundamental to call on the school authorities, students and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that discipline is restored to the core in our schools.

Students should understand that discipline is one of the most fundamental characteristics of a human being, in school, in our homes and everywhere in the world. It goes far beyond attending school regularly or passing examinations. Discipline encompasses training of the mind and character of a person, which will result to self-control and a habit of obedience.

Knowledge without discipline is useless; it is only knowledge alongside discipline that one can use to get anything in life. And it is the only weapon that one can also use to fight against poverty, harassment, difficulties, violence and discrimination in our society. If a student is disciplined and educated, he or she becomes a progressive element in society. Therefore our students must maintain discipline to earn dignity and success. If the student is not disciplined, all the teachers will not like him/her and if teachers dislike any student, then they will be reluctant to give the student the knowledge they have. Such a situation does not favour the student and it will hinder his or her progress.

Students must have positive attitudes towards parents, teachers, and the authorities and equally important, amongst themselves. In this way, not only would they endear themselves to all as good children and good citizens, but they would also be counted upon as those that would be contributing to the building of a better Gambia, and a Gambia where all would be proud to live in.

We therefore hope that our students would pay heed to our advice and take their rightful place in school and society at large. The authorities concerned should also double their efforts to ensure that discipline becomes the trademark of our educational system and as well ensure they give our school going children what they deserve.

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