Student’s indiscipline is a problem that confronts the entire country. One can notice indiscipline, lawlessness and absenteeism etc. among students in various institutions and universities. Everybody in the country, including political leaders, educationists, parents and social reformers seemed to be concerned about this great evil.
Indiscipline prevails among students in various forms. Students are often found absent from classes, taking out processions and raising slogans, sometime smashing the window panes of college building etc. They organize meetings and go on strikes. They make speeches and incite fellow students into lawlessness. Strikes and absence from classes have become matters of common occurrence.
There are several causes which lead to indiscipline among students. The chief reason is that students, being young, have little or no patience. They get excited quickly and have no tolerance. They get angry suddenly on trivial matters. Some want to give vent to their enthusiasm and indulge in lawless activities. Students alone are not responsible for the rise in indiscipline. Educationists and authorities of educational institutions are also to blame, to some extent. It is often found that the authorities tamper with student unions, and try to make the leaders of the union unacceptable to students. Besides, sometimes, first rate lecture are transferred or dismissed for reasons which have nothing to do with the standard and quality of teaching. Sometimes, the question papers are either too hard or out of course. Again while universities are considerably raising the standards of question papers in examinations, the standards of teaching have not gone up proportionately. All this leaves the students with frustration and despair.
Indiscipline has very bad effect on everyone. It is the student who suffers the most. Often, universities are closed down for indefinite period of time, and examinations are often postponed. The entire educational machinery goes out of gear. Several students come into clash with the police. This is a colossal waste of precious and budding human life of students. Sometimes feelings of hostility and provocation linger even after the acts of indiscipline. University and college buildings also sustain damages in these acts of indiscipline. But generally it is the students who suffer immense loss.
Efforts should be made to devise ways and means to put an end to the sorry state of affairs of student discipline. First of all, the influence of politicians must be completely wiped out from the sacred affairs of education. A deterrent watch and keen vigilance must be kept, with a high degree of patience, to prevent politics from encroaching upon education. Secondly, the authorities should stop interfering in the affairs of students unions. Thirdly, the present craze for raising the standards should either be dropped or be modified. Standards of teaching should be raised up proportionately so that students do not feel that a lacuna has been left with him. The authorities must not resort to the use of police force, whatever be the provocation by students. Again, questions which are out of course should be omitted from question paper, set in examination. Besides, the routine educational matters should not, in any way, be tampered with to the detriment of the interests of students. Above all, good teaching righteousness and justice should be ensured in educational matters so that the students come to feel that every thing is designed for their best.
So, if we wish to solve the problem of indiscipline among students, we will have to improve our educational system. The first thing is to improve the condition of teachers. We should pay handsomely to all teachers’ right from the primary school to university. Only men of good character and academic learning should be appointed as teachers. Bogus institutions should not be allowed to function. There must be a co-ordination between all sorts of education at various stages. Courses should be changed and moral education should form a part of it. The atmosphere of the school should be both attractive and healthy. Finally students should be kept aloof from politics and politicians. They should learn politics, but should not participate in it.
But remedies or no remedies, causes or no causes indiscipline will always continue in some form or in some degree. This lies in the very nature of human beings. Man is destined to rebel against someone or the other. There are black sheep among all categories of people.
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