Being disciplined should be a character not a moment

The excitement that often greets the end of a school term could be attributed to either the long awaited break from school work but also for some it is a break from the strict school rules.
 Allan Brian Ssenyonga
Allan Brian Ssenyonga

The excitement that often greets the end of a school term could be attributed to either the long awaited break from school work but also for some it is a break from the strict school rules.

It is actually common to hear students referring to their schools as some kind of prison especially if it is a boarding school they are attending. These are the same students who are most likely going to let loose their morals once they are past the school gates.

Education Times this week looks into what schools can do in case students misbehave during the holidays. Of course many contend that once the students have left school then it is the parents and other law enforcement officers who are concerned with their discipline.

The above has largely become the acceptable situation since society no longer respects the old African adage that a child is raised by the whole village. Today everyone seems so eager to push the blame elsewhere. Parents will blame teachers and teachers will blame parents or other students.

Yet the issue of discipline should be a constant not just a moment. A student cannot be expected to be good at school and a rogue outside school. He/she is an ambassador of the school and should always maintain discipline so as not to shame his/her parents or the school.

This being the long holiday, it is important for students to keep busy. After all, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Schools may not punish students again but they should let them know that they are expected to behave at all times.

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