Curbing students undesirable behaviours in secondary schools in Nigeria: The school administration/management role
Okanezi Bright, Vareba Giobari Patrick
The paper focused on secondary school students’ undesirable behaviour in Nigeria: The school administration and management role. It is a truism that the society established schools for the impartation of knowledge, skills and inculcation of good morals (desirable behaviours). Ordinarily, the school as a miniature of society is expected to groom the students in desirable behaviours such as honesty, obedience, good morals, kindness, peacefulness etc. Unfortunately, rather than good morals, the students are involved in almost all forms of undesirable behaviours such as cultism, truancy, indecent dressing, sexual harassment, examination malpractice, rape, disobedience etc. This situation is a source of worry to the society. It was found that some school principals who by virtue of their position as head of the school administration or management are ineffective. Most of them lack the administrative and managerial competence essential in their roles. Most of the principals are not playing their roles of planning, organizing, coordinating, integrating and directing the human and material resources of the school optimally. It was however recommended among other things that the school management (principals) should be more professional in their functions or roles; the school management should articulate rules and regulations for students as well as sanctions for transgressors; introduce meaningful extra-curricular activities to occupy the students; assign teachers on duty to oversee students’ activities; involve law enforcement agents and community vigilante in the fight against undesirable behaviours.