On discipline: Milambo offers few good lessons


“TOO good to be true!” We have good reason to make that loud exclamation, as it relates to a recent development in the local education sector that seems and sounds unreal. Its focus is the apology made to the government last week, by students of Milambo Secondary School.

The move – a praiseworthy manifestation of gentleness – stemmed from the misdeeds of a handful of those studying there. They were taken to court, and others were transferred to other schools.

It was the climax of an indisciplined group sneaking out in late evening, storming into town, attacking members of the public, some of whom were badly injured.

The deputy president of the students government, Baraka Fundo, apologised to visiting Tabora Regional Commissioner Aggrey Mwanri, over the incident by their rowdy colleagues acutely soiling the good image of the institution, which spanned several years.

Milambo is in the league of academic outfits that produce many university entrants who subsequently become resourceful nation builders through the agency of various professions.

We are confident that Baraka and his colleagues, will live up to their collective pledge of remaining a well-behaved community of education seekers, and, on the broader front, good citizens. Reluctance or outright rejection to own up to misdeeds is the more familiar trend.

Milambo’s case is refreshingly exceptional , since the apology emanated, not from the culprits, but from their colleagues, in apparent pursuit of the “guilty by association” approach.

Our overriding point, though, is not to salute the gentleness of a set of people literally transferring the sins of their wayward colleagues to themselves and confessing for them.

It is rather this: that, school authorities should flex their muscles in whipping unruly students back onto line, and chuck out those deemed definitively irredeemable.

The rogue elephant type that attack people, among whom are the age of their own parents , belong to prison, where, hopefully they would be straightened up.

We aren’t too comfortable with the option of transferring those considered milder criminals to other schools, where they are likely to spread the “virus” of unruliness.

The bottom line is that schools, colleges and professional training institutions are essentially factories for producing frontline nation-builders. Plus, as what the word ‘wasomi’ aptly captures, they are enjoined to be role social models; else, being a learned person, or a professional this, that, or the other, is rendered hollow !

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