Fighting in school not the way to learn

Editorial

IT seems that fighting in school has again become a problem.
The issue may not have received much attention from the authorities or media but it is a concern for parents whose children have become victims.
It seems that at the start of every school year, from recent observations, signals the onslaught of school fights. This looming fate may become a norm if there is no proper enforcement of behaviour policy in schools.
If the law enforcement agencies were effective and functional, there will rarely be experiences as such because the students will fear retribution. It is the negative effects of a corrupt and lawless state that needs resuscitation.
One cause of school fights has been attributed to the cult system that has now gone down to primary school students affecting many lives and bringing all sorts of disturbances and problems to peaceful communities.
Good-natured and long-term preventive measures are needed to fully eliminate the ongoing battles between schools or within a school. Tougher penalties should be applied.
Corrective measures start at home but what we are experiencing doesn’t speak much about it. Existing laws need to be re-visited. All disciplinary cases should be dealt with by the school governing bodies and if the school governing bodies cannot handle the issue then they should be replaced.
In today’s norm, most parents tend to push this responsibility to teachers which is not right because teachers are there to educate them daily. Parents who do not look after their children properly will be have a troublesome child.
Parents must look after and manage their children well as they are the first teachers.
A bad precedent is set when we see primary school kids smoking and chewing betel nut and drinking alcohol. Many parents do not care what their kids are doing. Maybe we should jail parents whose under-aged kids are doing that.
The parents whose children walk to school, should take the responsibility of conducting their own investigation and find out if their children are really in school. You see them leave the house but are you sure they made it to school?
As parents it is our duty to bring up our children. We must be devoted to care for them. This means talking to them, instilling in them values that will help make them become better people when they grow up.
We must talk with them every day, before they go to school and when they come back from school.
If parents have that attitude and time for their children, many students would avoid mischief and bad behaviour.
For some of these children, one can easily see the no-care attitude in their movement and, especially in Port Moresby, attending a school in Gerehu and yet laughing and taking their good old time at a bus stop in Boroko around 7.30am. Makes one wonder if they are being forced to do something they are not interested in.
In today’s society, applying tough penalties on students in some schools has seen more complications come out of it. Students and parents are retaliating against teachers.
Any student found guilty of being involved in any school fight or cult practice must be sent directly without bail to jail.
If they want to fight, then they must be treated as criminals.

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