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Child Rights Breeding Indiscipline In Schools — NAGRAT President

Angel Cabornu

The conversation about the rise in indiscipline in our public schools is still ongoing among well-meaning Ghanaians. The blame is tossed between two sides — Teachers and The Ghana Education Service (GES). The latest incidence of indiscipline is the Konongo Odumase Secondary School KOSS case where a student was stabbed to death.


In the midst of all the insubordination among students in the basic and second cycle levels of education, the National President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr. Angel Cabornu, has added his voice to the ongoing debate. Speaking on radio yesterday, he reasoned that child right organizations are to blame for what the nation is currently experiencing in the various senior high schools across the country.


Mr. Cabornu explained that these organizations have spoken about many disciplinary actions which hitherto were formerly incorporated in Ghana's educational system, thus, bringing Western rules in the system. He exposed that some of these NGOs and Civil Societies organizations are supporting parents in court against school authorities who subject their wards to any form of punishment.


He cited that these days, boarding students are seen on the streets wandering in the morning as early as 11:00 am during instructional hours at the blind side of school authorities. Mr. Cabornu noted that back in the days, students feared to breach school rules because there were punishments for recalcitrant students. Head teachers have been incapacitated to the extent that they cannot dismiss any student for insubordination. He added. 

The National President cited that if not for his teachers who took firm decisions about his behavior back in secondary school, he would not have come this far. He added that back in the days, roll call was given randomly in school and student who missed where dismissed from school. He stressed that discipline in the days in schools helped reshaped students behaviors including himself.

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