The Minister of Education, Dr. Uwamariya Valentine, has come and tackled the misconduct of some of the students that were heard violating the disciplinary rules of their schools recently.
She expressed concerns that the misbehavior due to the weakness of both parent and caregiver who neglect to discipline their young ones.
Indiscipline cases among students were heard across the country which prompted lots of people to wonder about the kind of moral education provided to children in schools.
In an interview with the press, Minister of Education, Dr. Uwamariya Valentine, said that in general the attitudes of the youth have changed due that parents and custodians have untied their belts on concerns of parenting.
“In the old days when you were at any school you used to go and see how the child was behaving or the caregiver would send the parent to come and talk about the child’s problem. Parents, teachers and school principals worked together every day to raise a child with knowledge and upbringing but all those have disappeared in the mist,”
"During our times, we were afraid of the teachers even when he passed by and felt that we should give them the respect he or she deserved," she recalls.
She reminded that it is in the family that a child is trained values of respect in society.
The Minister said when parents work with the school they can solve the trending problem at hand. ”
"It's good that parents and schools work together every day to find out how a child behaves and how they live," she adds.
She went on to say that there is a general decline of morals both on the part of children sparked by parents and caregivers.
"When you look at the behavior of young people in general, there is a change. There is a wrong misconception that young people are growing up and that they have to be trendy but this is wrong," she says.
There are some examples of secondary school students who have been reported with inappropriate behaviors such as beating their facilitators and other behaviors that should not characterize a disciplined student.
For instance, in Rutsiro District where on June 15, 2021, a student violently pulled down a pregnant teacher and was taken to the hospital immediately as a result.
There are also students in Kabusunzu School, who were caught in alcoholism, smoking.
Currently, 60% of Rwandans are young people who are in school, which is a task for parents and caregivers to provide them with a good education because they are the ones who will play a role in building the Rwanda of tomorrow.