Students without pride
The Editor, Sir:
AS I observe the crass, vicious and indisciplined behaviour of some of our high-school students now, I cannot help reflecting on 'school days of yesteryear', when students used to take pride in themselves first, and then their schools and their uniforms.
In many cases, resources were equally scarce, if not worse than now; but it did not matter what the situation was, pride and discipline would take precedence over most other shortcomings. What have we done wrong, or where have we erred that has brought on the present way of thinking and acting among some of our young people?
With the advancement of technology and the modernity of systems and management of homes, schools, churches, other institutions and business places, and with easier access to education and knowledge, I would have hoped that there would be almost total elimination of certain types of behavioural patterns among students, but this is certainly not the case. In many homes, older siblings used to take charge of younger ones and still attended school, while their parents or guardians went out to jobs or worked at home. The cases that were different were few and isolated, yet these students learned.
When a student was chosen as head boy/head girl, prefect or student council representative, he/she would be held in high honour and he/she would lead their counterparts with dignity and gain respect and cooperation. They could be sent to other schools with junior students, and no teacher had to worry about conflicts and fights, let alone stabbings and shootings. The teachers could then spend more time focusing on means of improving programmes to help the same students. Now, they have to be on spot every time or students may just hurt or kill one another.
This new trend in behaviour seems to be growing, going out into higher institutions of learning and into the wider society, culminating in crass, vicious leaders who cannot be subdued and who govern with 'iron hands and tongues'. Will this cycle change, or will it worsen? Maybe it is time to go back to the basics.
I am, etc.,