"Secondary school pupils in Laamu Hithadhoo block teachers from classes," a headline in Jazeera Daily caught my attention yesterday. The paper quoted Hithadhoo School's Assistant Principal Mohammed Ibrahim saying that pupils have been barring teachers from entering classrooms since Tuesday.
According to Mohammed Ibrahim the students are agitating because they have had no economics teacher since last year. He believed parents were encouraging the students to strike. Most parents failed to turn up for a meeting called by Mohammed Ibrahim to discuss the issue.
From this incident it is obvious that the students and their parents believe their main problem is lack of an economics teacher. But perhaps a bigger issue is their lack of discipline. The parents' role is equally disappointing.
The school system of Maldives is bloated well beyond all available human and financial resources. And to top all this, we are faced with a national and a global economic crisis.
Is agitation the answer to all our problems? Is this the lesson we want to teach the younger generation?