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    SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT,G12 AND DR

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    Student Indiscipline remains a ‘burning problem’ in many schools and is defined as ‘any act or behaviour exhibited by the students within the school premises and outside the school, which attract condemnation by the public and school staff’. Some forms of students’ misbehavior happening within schools are: students reaching school late; talking in class during lessons; neglecting homework; showing disrespectful behaviour towards teachers; stealing things; littering the classrooms with morsels of food and throwing paper pellets at each other, while the educator is explaining. According to researchers, Curwin and Mendler (1999), learners’ lack of discipline is due to ‘learners’ boredom, feelings of powerlessness and unclear behavioural limits’.
    Reducing cases of indiscipline will be harnessed in a girls’ rural state secondary school. In that rural state secondary school, cases of student indiscipline that have been reported are use of abusive language among students and towards teachers; physical assault; bullying and shirking of classes. Although regular Disciplinary committee meetings are held at school, the rate of misbehavior has increased. Moreover, recently there was a case of physical violence which involved pupils of different grades. The police was called to intervene in that matter for the safety of both pupils and staff and the school head took immediate measures to sanction those students involved in the fight as per the student behaviour policy of the Ministry.
    POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS (if any):
    1. The Rector and educators should use the morning assembly as a platform for inculcating human and social values as a form of character education.
    2. School administrators, teachers and parents can reduce indiscipline through increased supervision.
    3. School administrators, teachers and parents must show good examples to students since they imitate and copy their behaviour.
    4. The school should set up an effective school-parents partnership in order to promote a safe and orderly school environment.
    5. Students must be kept busy and involved through a variety of activities and short group work sessions.
    6. Encouragement is a powerful tool for educators to enhance the motivation of learners to cooperate, learn and demonstrate good behaviour.
    7. Educational Psychologists posted permanently at school are in need to inquire about the student’s problem and what is the reason beyond for his / her indisciplined behaviour and give the child moral support. Counselling desks/units may be introduced.
    8. School leaders may apply those practices-intervention, suspension and expulsion.
    9. Form periods used as an effective tool to address indiscipline and ensure proper follow up.
    10. School’s behaviour policy copy given to parents alongside the termly newsletter issued by the Rector.
    11. Need for a discipline master posted at school.
    12. Regular campaigns on discipline maintenance done by prefect bodies, student council.
    13. Talks by resource persons as sensitization on topics like Respect, Harmony and Cooperation.
    BENEFITS:
    1. Students will be more engaged and on task.
    2. School Attendance will improve.
    3. Healthy and supportive school climate of teaching-learning process will be ensured.
    4. Academic achievement will improve.
    5. Safe environment with zero tolerance to violence and indiscipline.

    Sociology Department, G12 & DR

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