‘The school loves your child’

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

THE cur­tain for this year’s aca­demic year came down last Thurs­day, giv­ing learn­ers and their teach­ers a de­served hol­i­day. This is an op­por­tu­nity for them to recharge their bat­ter­ies and hope they come back fir­ing from all cylin­ders, to use this ex­pres­sion. As far as learn­ers are con­cerned this can only hap­pen when they get proper guid­ance at home. The gen­eral mis­con­cep­tion that schools and “schools” only can shape learn­ers into re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens should surely be dy­ing among the cit­i­zenry.

It is a fact that learn­ers spend more time at school than at home, but, re­al­ity has shown that proper guid­ance at home helps pro­duce a re­spon­si­ble learner who fits well in the school sys­tem. A learner with a sound home back­ground has no time in­volv­ing her­self or him­self in indiscipline. These in­tro­duc­tory re­marks serve to ex­plain the abrupt end to the read­ing of our in­ter­est­ing play, The Har­vest of Thorns Clas­sic: A play by Shim­mer Chin­odya.

This is a tem­po­rary break from the text since schools have closed. We want to give our learn­ers a break and we will carry on with the play at the be­gin­ning of the year in readi­ness for the com­ing term. It is ex­pect­ing too much to ex­pect learn­ers to be se­ri­ously study­ing when every­body else will be merry-mak­ing. My apolo­gies to book worms who might feel hard done as they would have liked to fol­low the read­ing of the play.

How­ever, as al­ready in­di­cated the read­ing and dis­cus­sion of the play will con­tinue very soon. Some learn­ers get into the hol­i­days with wild ex­cite­ment and for­get that in just over a month they would be back at school. They overindulge in ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and ruin their lives. All this is as a re­sult of the per­mis­sive at­ti­tude from the par­ents or guardians. We have an el­e­ment that be­lieve that their chil­dren or re­la­tions are al­ways right. They will not take kindly to any ad­verse com­ment about their chil­dren.

As a re­sult of such at­ti­tudes learn­ers bring that to school. They do not take learn­ing se­ri­ously. They be­come in­cor­ri­gi­ble. Teach­ers in gen­eral are a pa­tient lot who try by all means to con­vince the learn­ers to see the value of learn­ing. There are very few in­stances where teach­ers give up on learn­ers. But, some learn­ers con­tinue in their slum­ber and do not make an ef­fort to im­prove. That is where we call upon par­ents to step in dur­ing the hol­i­days and help im­prove the at­ti­tudes of learn­ers.

Ob­vi­ously it is re­lax­ation time dur­ing the hol­i­days and we would not en­cour­age par­ents or guardians to over­bur­den learn­ers with school work. Learn­ers need to play and re­lax as long as they do not en­dan­ger their lives by en­gag­ing in dis­as­trous ac­tiv­i­ties. For ex­am­ple, in some cities there are no­to­ri­ous par­ties which have taken the youth by storm. A lot of de­spi­ca­ble ac­tiv­i­ties take place there. Re­cently there was a strong dis­cus­sion against these so­called “Vuzu” par­ties on na­tional tele­vi­sion with par­tic­i­pants stat­ing their im­moral na­ture and the harm they have done to young lives.

Chil­dren be­ing chil­dren suc­cumb to peer pres­sure and find them­selves in sit­u­a­tions they can­not ex­tri­cate them­selves. When they go back to school, es­pe­cially board­ers, they think about that and fail to ad­just to the school en­vi­ron­ment. They be­come so ad­dicted such that they pre­fer to leave board­ing school and go back home. Try­ing to keep them un­der lock and key at school be­comes a big chal­lenge. They in­volve them­selves in many dis­ci­plinary cases. You find schools hold­ing many meetings in­volv­ing the par­ents or guardians of such learn­ers.

The great­est mis­take par­ents or guardians make in mat­ters of indiscipline is tak­ing sides with their chil­dren or re­la­tions by fail­ing to ac­cept their chil­dren’s un­ruli­ness. Most of the time such par­ents pre­tend to hear of it for the first time in the hear­ing yet they would know of it from home. Par­ents and guardians should never be de­fen­sive when it comes to mat­ters of discipline. Never should you com­pro­mise on mat­ters of indiscipline.

A school can­not just vic­timise your child out of hun­dreds and claim that yours is the naugh­ti­est. Schools build char­ac­ters and the mo­ment they call you to come and par­take in the dis­cus­sion of your child’s be­hav­iour ac­cept it and co-op­er­ate for the bet­ter­ment of the child. Your de­fen­sive stance will not help. Most of the times that un­ruly be­hav­iour comes back to haunt the fam­ily to the vin­di­ca­tion of the school. A school loves your child, means no harm to the child as she or he is part of that school fam­ily.

Par­ents and guardians, as the hol­i­days start make sure you play your roles well. Help schools by teach­ing your chil­dren proper morals and cor­rect ways of be­hav­iour so that what hap­pens at schools com­ple­ments what has al­ready been sown at home. All ba­sic learn­ing takes place at home and all that is ex­hib­ited by the learner at school shows the na­ture of the home she or he comes from.

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