Some solutions to curb indiscipline in schools

IT is unbecoming of students to be involved in gangsterism, bullying, rape, drug, assault on teachers and many other offences. The amazing part is that these incidents are taking place within the school premises under the watchful eyes of the principals, teachers and discipline teachers.

It seems that the schools are unable to control such incidents and I just wonder how many more have gone unreported on the pretext of safe-guarding the name and dignity of the school.

What has gone wrong and who is to blame? Instead of pin-pointing any short-comings, let us look for solutions. In my view, the following should be carried out by the school authorities within the school premises:

> Moral subjects such as tatarakyat (then) and civics should be taught and priority should be given to this subject. Students must be made to understand the meaning of love, respect and care among themselves. They must be warned of the repercussions if they break the law.

> Students must be taught the value of life and friendship. They must be made to understand that gangsterism, bullying, rape, drugs and hurting their schoolmates and teachers will result in criminal offence and if convicted, they will be sent to prison, or they may be sent to rehabilitation centres such as the Henry Gurney School.

> More talks and campaigns within the school premises must be organised with the co-operation of the police, Bar Council and A-G Chambers. Students caught breaking school rules must be suspended indefinitely or attend counselling sessions by qualified counsellers while their parents and caretakers must be notified.

> Students who are repeat offenders should be sacked from the school and be referred to the police for counselling.

Such stringent measures are necessary to curb unwanted incidents. Besides these measures, parents and caretakers should also play a role to educate their children on the value of life and the importance of education.

Society should not shun and avoid the dejected students but play a role in guiding them to the right path. Without proper guidance and direction, the students may get involved in unhealthy activities such as gambling, drugs, alcohol and sex.

One should also ponder the effects of modernisation on young students who are influenced by the things they read and see in the Internet and movies. We have yet to come up with a measure to control such information as the Multimedia Act has yet to be widely used against students.

by Gunasegar Thiyagaraja.

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