Declining ethics among students
School is a place where students learn the importance of ethics. Ethics relate
to good behavior whereby one conducts one's behavior according to set rules
and regulations which are based on moral values. The school also provides an
environment for students to realize that unethical behavior would not go
However, statistics indicate that worrying number of students are behaving
unethically. There has been a steady increase in number of students playing
truant. The statistics compiled by our Ethics Society show that almost every
day, a student plays truant. Most of these students skip classes and have been
reported as loitering in shopping complexes and some in the company of bad
crowd. There are also students who fake illnesses so that they would be excused
from attending classes. One of our teachers has even reported a student forging
a medical certificate so that he can avoid class to attend a concert!
In addition, discipline teachers in secondary schools complain that the number
of school bullies has gone up. Incidents of physically weaker and younger
students being terrorized and extorted for money are rising. Many of the victims
have been beaten and in fact, a killing of student by a group of bullies from a
religious school has made newspaper headlines recently. It is tragic that a
fourteen year old boy lost his life due to bullying and ragging. The
future of the perpetrators remain uncertain and most probably they would be sent
to a juvenile detention centre. Their career prospects and future upon being
released would be very bleak indeed.
School authorities are also worried that vandalism is on the rise. School
equipment in our very school has been vandalized. Some students even broke into
our laboratory and stole some equipment. They have not been caught. Most school
authorities also believe that vandalism and stealing is directly connected to
students being hooked to drugs. This is another big problem among students.
Declining ethics among students see many engaged in illegal and harmful
Thus, urgent steps need to be taken to reverse this worrying trend. Schools
should emphasize on civic education. Most students look at civics education as a
subject rather than something that has to be applied in their daily lives.
Teachers play an important role in encouraging students to behave ethically by
demonstrating the importance of good and moral behavior.
Students should also be encouraged to get involved in community projects.
Assignments and projects which involve the community must be introduced. These
assignments should be graded. Hence, students would gradually learn the how to
act in accordance to rules and regulation when interacting among members of
Punishments for wrongdoing can act as deterrent. However, it should be reserved
only for those caught for severe wrongdoing. Instead, counseling would be a
better tool. School counselors play a vital role in drumming into the
perpetrators on their acts are so detrimental to society at large and also to
their own future.
I am sure the school can halt the problem of declining ethics among students.
The school authorities, especially teachers, have an important role to ensure
only students of high moral caliber are produced.