I know as usual the release of the WASSCE results is going to follow up a national discussion on why students failed.
And the factors are going to be attributed to the government for not providing enough facilities to aid teaching and learning and the lions share of the blame goes to the teacher who worked tirelessly for these students to pass well.
Even though I do not absolve these factors of the blame l think there have always been one major actor who has been allowed freely all the time. And that is the STUDENT.
Dear readers, I happen to directly deal with a group of students who took part in the WASSCE 2018. And I tell you that the indiscipline and the lack of seriousness on the part of students is a heart break to anyone who cares for the future of these students.
As a Citizen I personally go beyond to counsel and advice final year students. And it saddens to see how students fail to listen or take advice.
Go to the senior high school schools and see the level of indiscipline. Students who leave home well behaved get consumed by the power of negative peer pressure and get back home worse. These indiscipline acts include running to town, failure to attend class and preps, disrespect to authorities and a high sense of immoral acts among others.
Some of these students also Chanel their entire school life into only entertainment activities at the expense of their books. Forgetting that entertainment just like sports, quizzes and debates are all activities which has been carefully added to the curriculum to aid to a bigger picture of coming out as successful students.
I was at one of the centers where three private schools took their exams and the attitude of students towards the exams made my heart bleed for the future. I will be less worried if these indiscipline acts involves few students after all, it is not everyone one that must do a white color job. But am so worried because these acts involves students whose future ambition is to become the lawyers, doctors and pilots.
The school authorities are handicap because you want to save your job than to lose it in your quest to put a student on the right track to shape his or her future. The GES and the media has empowered the students to believe that any attempt to discipline them through any forms of punishment is an infringement on the students human rights.
So teachers fold their hands to watch children go wayward after all parents are just interested in the knowledge their wards will acquire but what they ignorantly fail to realize is that nothing proper can be achieved without discipline.
Indiscipline in our schools did not start from today it was there the time I was in school too but it was done by a few people. Even that the school authorities will discipline you to the admiration of parents. One could be given twelve lashes for writing love letter to a female student. But now we say all the corporal punishment that were meted out to us to get to were we are now obnoxious and outmoded practices.
We seem to accept everything that that comes from the white man without editing it to suit our own environment. Tell me anybody who has been harmed by caning and I will show thousands who have been made great by caning and other corporal punishments.
Every teacher knew students who will pass and those who will pass. You asked me how and I tell you that your preparations determines your results.
Until we tackle indiscipline seriously the few will infest the rest and we will continue corrupting the future of these young ones and that of the nation at large.
I call on parents, teachers, GES and the educationist who are quick to condemn teachers to all rise for us to deal with this canker together.
But I must warn you, please do not go and imprison yourself to NOVDEC. Assess yourself and see if you who you are. Go for the vocational and technical schools,, check other career opportunities or follow your talents and make something positive out of it.
But remember that in all DISCIPLINE is key.
I would like to end with this quote of mine.
” The greatest treat to quality education is not lack of teachers nor teaching and learning materials but indiscipline.’