Academician advocates consultative forum on students indiscipline

By
Nana Osei Kyeretwie, GNA

Sunyani, Sept. 18,
GNA – Professor Harrison K. Dapaah, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Energy
and Natural Resources, has advocated a national consultative forum to
re-examine the various disciplinary policies and their effective implementation
in the nation’s educational system.   

This, he said could
pave the way to address the pervasive challenge of indiscipline in schools as
stakeholders strive to enforce discipline into students to improve the quality
of education.

Prof Dapaah made
this known in a keynote address at the opening of the 54th annual meeting of
the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) in Sunyani.

The six-day
conference attended by heads of government-assisted Senior High Schools (SHSs)
was on the theme: “Discipline at Senior High School Level – A Pre-Requisite for
Quality Education.”

Prof Dapaah said
there should be dialogue, consensus building and constant engagements with
stakeholders on how school rules and regulations could be enforced on the
various campuses.

He also suggested
the need for members of CHASS and heads of other educational institutions to
inculcate the principle of transparency and efficient governance in consistence
with educational policies for effective and efficient school administration, to
achieve the ultimate goal of quality standard of education.

Prof Dapaah said the
quality of administrative support and leadership coupled with adequate
financial resources, is another critical element in the school processes in
ensuring discipline and quality education.

He said
organisational support like advocating better conditions and professional
development, respecting the professionalism of institutional heads and teachers
and developing inclusive decision-making processes, had greatly impacted
teaching and learning and contributed significantly to achieving discipline in
schools and quality education.

Mrs Cecilia Kwakye
Cofie, Headmistress of Winneba SHS and National President of CHASS, said some
of the issues school heads have to deal with are overwhelming, hence the need
for effective collaboration, re-thinking and redirection to effectively address
them.

“If we fail to work
together we should not be oblivious of the fact that the children are
collaborating in ways that would outwit some aspects of our disciplinary
methods,” she said.

Mrs Cofie hinted the
Organisation had looked at the current rules and regulations governing
students’ behaviour and had identified the need for a more credible and
workable document that had gone through the drafting stage.

She said CHASS is
also searching into the entry and exit behaviours of students and how that
affect their academic performance.

Mrs Cofie expressed
optimism that such empirical evidence would greatly assist in making informed
decisions to address the challenge of indiscipline.

GNA

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