Malian School Crisis: Escaping Parental Responsibility in Child Succession

For decades, the Malian school has been looking for its way, which will enable it to provide quality education and qualifying education for children. Although the educational level and working conditions of pupils and teachers have improved considerably since the rise of democracy in 1991 until now, it is clear that the quality of education still leaves much to be desired. Therefore, your newspaper has made it its duty to dig its finger into pinpointing responsibilities to provide the necessary therapy for the maladies of the Malian school. Today we will discuss the responsibility of parents in supervising students.

Since an academic year in Mali lasts nine months, it is generally when the exams approach that parents become involved in the schooling of children. While the follow up should be permanent. How can we hope for good results if the conditions are not met beforehand? It is well established that a child’s success in school depends on the combination of many factors, including regular checkups. Interest in the child as an exam approach means that for the parent only the child’s transition to a higher grade, regardless of the circumstances, counts. Punctuality, attendance, discipline and student performance are relegated to the background. It is common knowledge in Mali that every time we attribute our children’s school failure to the state or the school system, we never take responsibility for this failure.

Just by taking discipline children come to school with very little primary education and this is the fault of the parents. At other times, where the parents of students fished, the masters were always there to rectify where the mission of education had been added to that of educating the citizens of tomorrow. The fear of corporal punishment alone ensured that the children behaved properly in class and attended classes normally. For example, if a child made serious mistakes, even at home, which required corrections, the parents trusted him to the teacher, and with the punishment imposed on him by the teacher, this child will never repeat these mistakes again. † Today it is the other way around: the authority of the parent is trampled underfoot and that of the teacher is put in parentheses. Corporal punishment is strictly prohibited. Beware of the teacher who takes the risk of making only rigorous comments that could be interpreted as insults or language differences, he will become an instant target for both parents and students and could even end up in the police or court. It has been given to us to note that the parents are currently even in a hurry for the start of the school year just to get rid of their children who make their home life impossible. They want to trust the teachers by turning the school into a garbage dump

While some parents are lax with their children, others are over the top, even traumatic. They put such pressure on the children, especially as exams approach, that they themselves contribute to the failure of their offspring. In addition to these two actors, there are undoubtedly the teachers. If some trainers don’t have the level, others stand out because of their absence in the class. The programs are therefore not completed and the students have not learned what is necessary to move on to the next year.

Ultimately, it is more than necessary to return to the foundations that have made our country that of educated and educated men and women. To do this, it is necessary to put the teacher at the center of the education and training of children by strengthening his authority and giving him all my pedagogical resources. The return of corporal punishment is also a good recipe. The loss of the parents’ responsibility in the succession of the children could therefore well be filled if the teacher were to restore the authority of the past.

Bintou Napo

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