The proprietor of Oforiwaa Memorial Innovatory School, a retired educationist, in Techiman Bono East region, Dr. Charles Addo has condemned the increased indiscipline and vandalism in some schools in the country.
His comment followed a recent attack by some students in our various schools, both universities and SHS schools.
He said the indiscipline in our schools has arose from the general and growing mentality in a society that doesn’t question the source of wealth.
Thus, even children, tend to form the mentality of acquiring wealth by all means. For example, the ritual killing case of Kasoa in the central region.
Such cases create copycats in some populations in the universities and basic schools.
With a general advancement in production technologies around the world, the abundance of new products and innovations to them, cravings for those new products, particularly by the youthful members of society, become strong amid limited resources like how to finance or acquire them.
Those factors are augmented by population and peer pressures. Thus some students tend to break rules in order to acquire those products, which creates indiscipline at some school campuses.
Those narratives must change by applying the laws already in the books, not only by the school authorities, but also by law enforcement.
Laws are very effective deterrence against indiscipline and crimes. But without enforcement, laws are only as good as no laws at all.
Dr. Addo disclosed this during an interview with Classic FM on the increasing number of violence in our schools in the country.
He cited what happened at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and called on the authorities to put their feet down and apply the relevant laws already in the books to deter or curb such indisciplinary practices in schools, in collaboration with all stakeholders.
Dr. Charles Addo reminded heads of schools to continue to be fair but firm, without favor, in their administrative practices.
He also advised students to focus more on their studies because a time will come when they, and only they, will become solely responsible for their own success in life. So they must eschew materialism for now.
Contact Dr. Charles Addo 0249519545