|Bugandi student shot by police|
For years, we’ve heard the rhetoric about the need for good parenting and how a good families are the building blocks to a good society.
This morning, it hit me how we, as nation, have allowed our country to slip towards a crisis point in our history.
This morning, I saw students at the Lae Secondary School having their bags searched for weapons and other contraband. While much of the blame have been leveled at the bad influences from student groups, an equal portion of blame – perhaps more- should be shared by parents. Every parent should also ask themselves several important questions;
“How much of a positive influence do I have in my child’s life?”
“Do I know his friends and where he hangs out after school?”
“Why is my son or daughter arriving home at 6.30pm?”
“Why is he spending a lot of time alone with his mobile phone and who is he conversing with?”
Why have we reached a point in our country’s history where secondary school kids have to undergo bag searches by security guards? From 2012 to 2014, I’ve covered numerous school fights, one stabbing death, two police shootings of students involved in school fights.
I’ve witnessed how teachers, including senior members of the schools, have become so afraid of their own students because of the potential physical harm that their students may cause to them and their families. Why have people in positions of authority become so afraid of exerting authority?
I hear this a lot: “Let the authorities deal with the problem.” But me break this down into its most simplest form.
1. The first authority that the child is supposed to recognize and submit to is the authority of a mother, a father, uncles and aunts. If that authority isn’t respected, how can we expect that the rules of this great nation of ours to be followed?
2. A child is, first and foremost, the responsibility of a father and mother. If left unguided and not cared for, he or she evolves into a problem for the government of Papua New Guinea.
Unfortunately, Papua New Guinea’s justice system sees things in black and white and has no patience, flexibility nor tolerance for rogues who were once children.