The current measures employed to enforce discipline expose the teachers, as parents are watching their children continuing to misbehave.
Under the current scenario, corporal punishment has been banned, pregnant school girls are allowed to attend school and so are their boyfriends. Learners’ dressing code has since been compromised, smoking dagga and drinking alcoholic beverages are now the order of the day.
Learners can disturb others and once teachers try to intervene, they are told to go to hell. Teachers are told, “Hapana zvaunondiita ini. Ndisiye ndakadero.”
Teachers, on the other side, ignore the learners. Trying to counsel a drunken child invites trouble for the teacher who may be called names. The worst affected are lady teachers who are subject to bullying by male learners or even female learners.
Asked what teachers should do, Mr. Moyo Silence said:
“Nowadays you must mind what you are earning for. You just ignore and concentrate on the serious ones. I leave out hooligans and then work with all those prepared to learn.”
Mr Chagudha Silas said:
“It’s up to the parents to discipline their children. I can not waste my time compelling someone’s children to learn. Yangu shoma iyoyo inouya mwedzi wapera. I can’t risk going to court just because ndada kudzora mwana asingaiti zvakanaka? Mhuri yangu yofira izvozvi!!”
Clarieta Mutingwende had a different view altogether:
“Teachers must be vigilant. They must counsel us each time we are wrong. Vamwe vedu vanotodawo shamhu kuti zviite zvakanaka