The Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, last week, clarified that students who destroyed school property in Ngoma Secondary School would be suspended indefinitely.
This development is welcome. The pampering of students by some head teachers and parents, particularly in private schools, had rendered teachers powerless, as the students had the freedom to behave the way they felt.
This saw the discipline levels deteriorate to the lowest levels. The disrespect for teachers, cases of drug abuse and failure rates attracted a lot of criticisms against the poor teachers-yet indiscipline in many ways affects academic performance.
If students are not treated with kid gloves it is hoped that they will learn to respect school authorities which will, in turn, lead to their academic success.
The good thing with taking stringent measures against indiscipline cases is that teachers will be in position to correct students. It will mean that indiscipline cases, which made the teachers appear not to be doing their work, can be no more.