Don’t Bunk Classes

Don’t Bunk Classes

It is not an uncommon sight to find many students in their uniforms loitering in and around the city precincts during class hours. This phenomenon, known as “bunking’ in this part of the world ,is as odious as it is insalubrious and ungainly. In this regard instructions have been issued by the education department to identify students that bunk and perhaps take disciplinary action against them. But, this amounts to putting the cart before the house and mistaking symptoms for the disease. The ideal and even practical approach to tackle bunking from classes would have been to actually understand and then identify the causes behind this practice. As a general observation, classes are usually bunked by those who are studying in and at higher levels and grades. This is an age when there is always a rebellious streak in these teenagers and adolescents and the temptation is to break free of norms and constraints like family, school and so on. But, at the same time, teenage and adolescence is a delicate age as well. The path that a given youngster will take during this phase of life will , generally, determine his or her future path. The corollary that obtains here is that delicate care and attention has to be taken toward these young buds. The components of this care must be empathy and compassion for the behavioral aspects of adolescents and, at the same time, make education complemented by legitimate recreation as interesting as possible. Herein lies the key. Instead of merely disciplinary action and punishment thereof, the approach that must be adopted should be holistic and integrated, defined by , to repeat, empathy and compassion. It is a known fact the education, especially at higher levels, is drab and even dumb, making students lose interest in it. This must change. One prudent starting point toward this could be designing new syllabus , and adopting pedagogic methods that engage the attention of students and draw out their best. This can be complemented by recreational facilities in schools where students are actually encouraged to socialize with each other which is something that can wean them away from loitering in streets and parks. Teenage and adolescence are delicate and fragile periods of a person’s life. Any break or disruption in this period can mar or even scar a person forever. It is then in the nature of an imperative for schools and families of students to be on guard and do all that can be done for young buds so that they do not get derailed.