I feel I need to write in to your newspapers in view of what
is happening to the young in our country. I read with despair each day about
the crimes and social ills our youth are involved in, and I shudder to think
that they are our hope for the future. I feel it's about time we seriously
think of what can be done to ensure our youth do not stray any further.
We cannot run away from the fact that parents play the most important
role. The first few years of a child's life are crucial in molding his
character personality, beliefs and values.
Parents must be truly interested in their children's lives and what is
happening to them. They should know who their-children hang out with, where
they go, what they do. And because children spend so much time in schools
these days, teachers too must be responsible towards the character-building
of the child. Their role is to help educate the child and teach him what is
right and what is considered wrong in society. Besides that, a teacher must
be extra observant. Anything out of the normal about a student should be
reported to the parents immediately. Do not wait until it's too late to take
action and do not assume someone else will do it for you.
Let's work together and counter this growing problem, and not just sit
back and shake our heads about the whole issue.