Observation of the situation in the society these days would buttress the fact that it is characterized by several menaces such as: prostitution, armed robbery, bunkering, street violence/demonstration, thuggery, drug trafficking, kidnapping, raping; terrorism, swindling, just to mention few. It is however pertinent to note that majority of those involved in these vices are youths who are products of educational institutions.
It thus implies that the level of indiscipline in the society is a reflection of the situation in educational institutions. According to Nwana (1998), educational institutions have been established not only to promote learning but also to promote character. A pupil/student thus supposes to be adequately trained in character and learning, to justify the resources being committed on his/her education by government and parents. Unfortunately, different cases of indiscipline of pupils/students are now prevalent in educational institutions. The issue of indiscipline of pupils/students is however having negative implications. It leads to poor academic performance of pupils/students and promote wastage in the educational system. When a pupil/student fails to record minimum level of academic performance, he/she can be asked to repeat a class or withdraw from educational institution.
It is also encouraging social vices in the society such as prostitution, rape, kidnapping, armed robbery which have been undermining societal peace. The issue also lowers the image of parents since it is believed that parents occupy vital role in the education of a child. When a child however displays negative behavior, greater part of the blame would be for the parents. It further lowers the image of the school where it is prevalent. Such school would be treated as pariah' among other schools in the community or society.
[...] - Teachers should stop having extra relationship with their pupils/students. - Automatic promotion policy which gives room for mediocre to be promoted and encouraging indiscipline among pupils/students should be stopped by government. - Schools' Guidance-Counselors should be alive to their responsibilities and ensure that difficult pupils/students are given proper counseling. - Government should recruit additional Guidance-Counselor and posted them to schools that are lacking. - Institutions' administrators should always refer cases of indiscipline to the disciplinary committee rather than allowing teacher to effect jungle punishment on pupils/students. [...]
[...] Verbal Condemnation: Assembly serves as forum for dissemination of information to pupils/students in schools/educational institutions. Any pupil/student that misbehaves can be brought outside on the assembly ground and rebuked verbally by principal/head teacher, to warn other pupils//students from indulging in such behavior and make him/her feel disgraced among colleagues, which can go a long way in making him/her turn over a new leaf. Withdrawal of Position/Post: It is a norm in institutions for prefects such as senior boy/girl, food prefect, social prefect boy/girl, games prefect among others to be appointed among the pupils/students. [...]
[...] Counselor however needs to show love to the pupil/student to get maximum cooperation during the counseling process. He/she also needs to ascertain why the pupil/student behaved and advises him/her of the consequences and the need to always show good behavior in school. Rewarding Well Behaved Pupils and Students: It is a norm in many schools for end of the session/prize giving day to be organized at the end of each session. This has been a forum where outstanding pupils/students in the various subjects and those that behaved very well in school are rewarded. [...]
[...] The issue of indiscipline of pupils/students is however having negative implications. It leads to poor academic performance of pupils/students and promote wastage in the educational system. When a pupil/student fails to record minimum level of academic performance, he/she can be asked to repeat a class or withdraw from educational institution. It is also encouraging social vices in the society such as prostitution, rape, kidnapping, armed robbery which have been undermining societal peace. The issue also lowers the image of parents since it is believed that parents occupy vital role in the education of a child. [...]
[...] In this paper, the approaches to the management of indiscipline were discussed. It is hopeful that adoption of these approaches by institutions' administrators would help in curbing the menace, contribute to effective management of educational institutions as well as the realization of institutions' objectives, and improvement in the standard of education. The Way Out In addition to the adoption of the above approaches in dealing with cases of indiscipline in educational institutions, the following are recommended: - Parents/Guardians should provide good moral training for their children at home and refrain from interfering in the discipline of their children. [...]
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