Air Force school PTA seeks partnership in tackling indiscipline among pupils
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the Air Force Secondary School (AFSS), Ikeja, Lagos, has expressed willingness to partner with the school authority in the area of discipline and correction of their wards.
This was contained in a communiqué issued by the PTA and signed by the Chairman, AFSS, PTA, Mr. Ayoola Badejo, after its emergency meeting, which extensively addressed emerging patterns of gross indiscipline amongst students of the school; alleged excessive canning of students; corporal punishment and other misconducts.
The group believes that discipline and good character are essential traits students must possess while pursuing academic excellence.
The parents also in the statement cautioned the authorities of the school to refrain from meting out excessive punishment to students, adding that using excessive canning as a corrective measure most often does not yield results.
It read, “AFSS, Ikeja remains a secondary school of excellence amongst its peers. The issue of discipline still remain a key element of building up the children and preparing them for their future, but excessive corporal punishment does not guarantee discipline.”
The group, therefore, unanimously agreed to pay more attention to their children at home, urging the school management to endeavour to complement parents’ effort.
Citing some emerging issues among the students, which bother on few students showing traits of being members of an emerging cult group called “the Marlians,” they appealed to the school authority to do everything possible to ensure students do not become members of the group.
They also addressed other sundry issues that affected the school in the past, urging parents to always verify information with the management before taking it to social media and other dailies. The parents also commended the commandant of the school for introducing some educational initiatives in the interest of the school.
They however appealled to the school to draw their attention to students’ misbehaviour, adding that their intervention could go a long way. “Parents should deploy all internal channels to resolve any issue that may arise in the future rather than run to the press which is destructive,” the statement read in parts.