Teachers partly to blame for indiscipline in schools

Mr. Adu (inset), addressing the participants.   Photo: Victor Buxton

Mr. Adu (inset), addressing the participants. Photo: Victor Buxton

Dr. Stephen Adu, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, has expressed concern about the lackadaisical attitude of some teachers in basic schools, saying that it contributed to the growing indiscipline among school children.

He said, “Indiscipline will be on the ascendency if teachers and their heads continued to absent themselves from school and engage in acts contrary to the code of conduct”.

According to Dr Adu, teachers had no business to complain about the canker if they could not instill moral values in pupils.

Speaking at a two-day event, organised by the Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (COHBS) in Accra yesterday, Dr. Adu said that teachers and their heads were the worst culprits, stating that school children learned bad behaviours from their teachers.

“How can you insult children as dumb, stupid, idiots, and good for nothing, empty heads and expect them to be disciplined,” he questioned.

Until teachers and heads of basic schools adopt the right pedagogical methods, Dr Adu said more indisciplined children will be churned out.

He asked teachers to work to justify the investment government had made in them.

Dr. Adu observed that teachers had failed to employ modern teaching skills to enable pupils to perform well during examinations.

In order to ensure quality education, he outlined the provision of habitable learning environment, teaching and learning materials and extra curricula activities including sports.

Dr Adu urged parents to complement the efforts of teachers to help shape the future of their children.

Mrs. Naa Addoley Boye-Quaye, national president of COHBS, said teachers’ effective supervision was essential to effective teaching and learning in basic schools.

COHBS, she said was not only inculcating positive virtues in school children but working to minimise child abuse and offensive punishment meted to the child by teachers.

Mrs Boye-Quaye asked she encouraged teachers to improve the performance of pupils in science and mathematics.

The two-day conference was being attended by teachers from the ten regions.

Key among issues to be discussed included the role of the teachers in improving high teaching standards, quality education and indiscipline in children among others.

By Malik Sullemana

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