Alarmed by Thursday’s incident of firing in a school near Majitha and other incidents of aggression of school students, principals of different schools in the city are planning to keep a tab on youngsters, besides counseling them.
Aggression among youngsters, which has led to assaults on teachers and unruly behaviour in classrooms and outside, is attributed to decline in moral values, sense of alienation from family and society, easy availability of pocket money and facilities, lack of parental guidance and impact of violent song and dance routines and video games.
Amritsar chapter of Sahodaya Schools Complex, a cluster of CBSE schools, has now decided to hold discussions to identify root of students’ aggression and take steps to tackle such behaviour in school students.
Dr Dharamvir Singh, president of Sahodaya Schools Complex, said that school students were becoming increasingly aggressive with each passing day and this trend called for effective steps to curb this behaviour and channel their energies in a positive direction.
"Thursday’s firing incident in a school is proof of growing aggressiveness among students. Even prior to this, there have been incidents in which students exhibited their negative, violent side," he said.
Terming the trend 'worrisome', Dr Singh said that the issue would come up for discussion during a meeting of Sahodaya on Saturday.
Rajiv Kumar Sharma, principal of Springdale Senior School, attributed growing aggressiveness among students to erosion of values and sense of disconnect between parents and children well as teachers and students and impression of alienation from society.
"Right from childhood, parents should nurture their children with love, while teachers should also exhibit warmth towards their students. Both parents and teachers should make efforts to instill a sense of belongingness among the students," he remarked.
Neera Sharma, principal of DAV Public School, attributed it to availability of liberal pocket money, facilities, lack of parental constraint, leading to massive egos and a vain show of money through aggressive actions.
"Students these days enjoy rights without caring for duties. They consider it beneath their dignity to commute in smaller vehicles and flare up at the minutest hint of an argument," she said.
She urged parents to cooperate with school authorities and exercise authority over their wards, spending quality time with them and limiting their access to liberal pocket money and facilities.
Sangeeta Singh, principal of Delhi Public School, put the blame on impact of violent culture promoted by song and dance routines. “Students follow what they watch on TV. Guns are needlessly glorified. Video games too offer them rewards in the form of points for killing someone, while the home environment of most students too is not very healthy,” she said.
The need of the hour was to stop glorification of guns and counsel students to use their energies in the right direction, Sangeeta Singh added.
Dr Davinder Singh, a professor in department of psychology, supported Sangeeta Singh’s views and also attributed it to discord within families and increasing crime rate, reports of which were published every day.
He also averred that the problem could be tackled if parents devoted more time to their children, involving them in household activities and constructive pursuits to cultivate their talents. “What is happening these days is that parents provide children with almost every facility and do not even regulate their TV viewing habit, which is having an adverse impact on children,” he said.
Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, admitting that aggression had increased among students, said that he would write to the education secretary to urge him to take steps in this regard.
“Both students and teachers need counseling. There is a shortage of counselors to take care of students. If more counselors are employed, it would certainly help,” he said.