What are schools doing to groom decent citizens?

“Schoolgirl, 13, gives birth to baby girl”
“Schoolgirl, 15,- abducted and raped”
“Schoolgirl, 16, school boy 16, commit suicide”
“Schoolmaster molests 11-year-old”
“Woman, 80, raped”

These are the kind of shocking news headlines we see these days. They reflect our so-called “civilized” society.

School principals, where are you and what are you doing? It is the prime duty of the school principals and their teachers to mould children into good citizens. Teachers are expected to mould a student’s character and instill in them such values as kindness, patience, compassion and respect for others.
In the good old days the daily or weekly school assembly played a prominent and important role in the life of a student. At assemblies, students were encouraged to excel in studies and sports, and take part in extra-curricular activities, such as scouting, the girl guides’ movement, concerts and dramas.

The school’s good name is in the hands of the principal and his/her teaching staff. It is the school’s good name that helps the students to get good jobs and hold responsible positions in society. Schools should exhort their students to do the right thing and uphold the names of their parents, their school, the efforts of the teachers, and so on.

It is high time the people whose job it is to mould good citizens took their responsibility seriously and groomed a decent, civilised society.

Kingsley Durairaj, Etulkotte

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