Lateness to School Activities:
A second habit among students which is also a sign of indiscipline is the habit of lateness to school activities. In some good schools, by the time the bell for the morning assembly rings
at 8 a.m. all the students are already in the assembly. This is because they are used to responding to the warning bell which rings at 7.50 a.m. But the situation is very different in some other schools. When the bell rings at 8.am. for the morning assembly in
such schools you can hardly see up to half of the student population in the assembly. The assembly cannot begin until about 8.15 a.m and when the Principal is making announcements at about 8.25 a.m. you will still see a good number of students just strolling into the assembly. By this time, many students are still in the dormitories
while many day students are either just arriving for school or hiding by the school gate for the assembly to be over before they go into their classes. I have witnessed a disgraceful sight in some of our schools where dignitaries invited to a school function have to travel from long distances to beat the appointed time only to get to the school to sit down to wait for the teachers and the students who live on the school premises to arrive 20 to 40 minutes late. Take the lesson that begins after the long break for instance.
Often teachers get to the class only to discover that many students have not returned from break. One wonders whether such students actually expect the teachers to be waiting for them. The students should be the ones to wait for the teacher and not the other way round.
It must be observed that the home and the school are the places where a student forms the best habits that will lead him successfully through life. The habit of being late to school activities or any appointment does not speak well of the late comer. It must be borne in mind that an appointment is a contract. If you do not keep the time of an appointment, you are dishonestly using other people’s time, and consequently their money.
“I give it as my deliberate and solemn conviction” said Dr Fitch, “that the individual who is tardy in meeting an
appointment will never be respected or successful in life” Examples from the lives of great men indicate that their success. in life was owing in a large measure to their habits of punctuality. When President Wasgington dined at four o’clock, new members
of Congress, invited to dine at the White House would sometimes
arrive late and be embarrassed to find the President eating. “My
cook” Washington would say, “never asks if the visitors have arrived, but if the hour has arrived”
When Washington’s secretary once excused the lateness of his attendance by saying that his watch was too slow Washington replied. “Then you must get a new watch, or I, another Secretary”.
Franklin said to a servant who was always late, but always ready with an excuse, “I have generally found that the man who is good at an excuse is good for nothing else”.
“Punctuality”, said king Lous XIV “is the politeness of Kings”. It is indeed the politeness of everybody, not just of the royal blood. It is generally accepted that the man who is punctual, as a rule, will keep his word.
The good student should therefore not only be punctual to school activities but he should assist the prefects, and the teachers to ensure that other students are punctual at attending school activities.
Loitering about during Classes and Other Activities
Experienced inspectors of schools have discovered a very easy and reliable formula for detecting within two minutes a school where there is discipline even without entering the school premises. What they do is to stand outside the school premises for two minutes during lesson period when all the students are expected
to be in the class-room. In the schools where there is indiscipline, they usually find that within those two minutes a number of students will be found outside their class-rooms walking up and down the school corridor, around the Administrative Office, around the toilet apartment. In a school where there is discipline the
inspectors discover that they can hardly find any student outside
the class-room during the two minutes – the students are all in
the class-rooms during lessons.
It is indeed vital to the progress of every student that he 27 end of the lesson. A student who for one reason or the other was out of the class during lesson period cannot benefit from what the teacher taught during the period he was outside the classroom.
Another harmful effect of being outside the classroom during
lesson period arises from the fact that such an action amounts to a violation of the school rules and regulations since every student is expected by the School Authority to remain in class duringlessons. In a school where there is lack of discipline students tend to go out of the classroom during lesson period particularly when there is, no teacher in the class. Such students who leave the
class just because a teacher is not there lack self-control and self
discipline. In a school where there is good discipline, the students stay in the class and read their books even when there is no teacher in the class. This is one major difference between the school where there is discipline and the school where there is no
discipline. It is therefore the duty of every good student to help those students who tend to disturb in the class to become orderly and also help to discourage them from doing the wrong thing by making sure that their misconduct is made known to the classteacher or the School Authority. People tend to commit crime when they know that they can get away with it. If all the students know that whatever they do when the teacher is not there will be reported to the teacher, those students who would want to misbehave when the teacher or the prefect is not around will
check themselves and stop misbehaving. If a person sees a crime
committed by somebody and he fails to report the crime to the Police, that person has aided and abetted crime. He can be arrested by the Police for aiding and abetting crime because by not reporting to the Police, he is encouraging the criminals to commit crimes should be in the class from the beginning of every lesson till the
Such a person is not a good citizen
In the same way any student who sees another fellow student doing the wrong thing like making a noise because the teacher is not in the class, or breaking other school rules and
regulations and he fails to report the student to the prefect or teacher, such a student is not a good student because he is encouraging indiscipline in the school. If a fellow student is doing
the wrong thing and you fail to report him, you are not helping the
student. He will continue to do the wrong thing until he will one
day suffer heavily for his misconduct. What a good student should do in such a situation is to tell his fellow student who is doing the
wrong thing that he should stop doing such a thing, that if he
does not stop he will report him to the Prefect, or Teacher or to
the Principal as the case may be. If the student fails to listen to
that advice and warning and continues to do the wrong thing, he
should be reported immediately. If he is reported, the teacher or
Principal might give him some punishment which is aimed at making
him stop such acts of misconduct. That is the best way to help The student and change him from u who obeys the school rules and regulations.
There was the case of a girl in S.S. 11. This girl had a friend, and the twwo girls used to confide in each other. The incident actually happened. For the purpose of this story let us keep their real names secret and let one of the girls be Bisi and the other Ayo. Bisi and Ayo were in S.S. II and they were in the same hostel. In fact their beds were close to each other. After lights out Bisi would tell Ayo that she was going out to meet her boyfriends, Ayo felt it was a wrong thing to do but she did not tell her friend. So Bisi now formed the habit of stealing out of the school compound at night and coming back after she had satisfied hereself.
Within a short time Bisi became pregnant and she was expelled
from the school while Ayo continued and finished her course successfully. But Ayo can be said to have contributed to the expulsion of her friend Bisi. If she had told Bisi not to steal out of the compound and that if she left the compound she would report her to the House-mistress, Bisi would not have continued to steal
out of the school compound. Ayo was neither a good student nor a true friend. By her attitude she encouraged Bisi to be breaking the school rules and regulations which later resulted in her pregnancy and expulsion from the school. A true friend is one who
warns one against danger.
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