Parenting, as far as it’s concerned beings as early as the time of conception and continues throughout life, so poor care during pregnancy contributes to bad or wrong parenting that can be reflected at birth and growth.
Not forgetting a strong sense of who you are and how you want to parent may drive one crazy. Kayunga resident district commissioner (RDC), Rose Birungi told parents condemning the high levels of moral decadency amongst the contemporary generation on inadequate time most guardians spend with their children.
Speaking to parents of Namagabi UMEA Primary School in Kayunga town council during the School’s speech day recently, Birungi said that today a big number of children have uncultured behaviors simply
because parents have no time for their children and there’s no attachment parenting that form a strong emotional bond which strives to promptly respond to child’s needs, and be sensitive and emotionally
available for their child most times thus helping children to become more secure, empathic and peaceful human beings.
Due to this therefore I ask you to spend most of your time with your children and teach them the necessary discipline and good morals of the society.
Cases of corruption, embezzlement of government funds, and sexual wickedness amongst others nowadays are the order of the day because parents have not played their role of modeling children to become good citizens who may take this country to another level” Birungi warned.
She appealed to parents to provide their children with scholastic material like books, pens, school uniform and providing them with lunch in a bid to reduce on the poor performance of learners’
especially in U.P.E schools since government had already fulfilled its role of paying school fees, constructing classrooms, paying teachers and creating a good learning environment due to the prevailing peace and stability across the country.
“Government has already played its role to ensure that children have access to free education at all
levels and the few things like feeding, buying scholastic materials should be done by the parents to help the children study well” Birungi said.
On the other hand, it is significant to note that most children learn a lot while coping from the grownups hence an obligation for all grownups at all levels to act as role models and at one point mentors
for these children.
Children pleaded to the audience in most of their role plays, to have leaders and parents who’re exemplary, respect themselves and other people’s views amongst others.
They also noted some of the characteristics of a good teacher as not someone who puts
ideas into the pupils/students heads but the one who helps others build on their own ideas to make new discoveries for themselves thus requesting their teachers and parents to instead talk with them not at
them like a good counselor who suggests solutions to the client’s challenges and does not direct/force them to the client.
Whereas most parents accuse children moral decadency on loose Uganda Communications Commission’s (UCC’s) policies and regulations they claim only focuses on political sphere of life and failure to sensitize communities on how to utilize the digital age.
“I just bought a decoder, installed it on my TV set, I don’t know how to put passwords to parental guided programms, leaving my children to watch any station of their choice moreover not in my absentia.”
One parent approached had this to say. Others attribute it to the government policies that have granted children more and much peace and freedom in the face of their parents, unchanged regime, protective parenting yet during those days, it could take a village to raise a child amongst others.
Meanwhile, Ntenjeru North MP, Hon. Amos Lugoloobi urged parents in the area to educate their children and also contribute to the infrastructural development of schools since most of them have
dilapidated structures that put learners and their teachers at stake.
He also revealed that for a poor country to have many children may be an economic disaster. But for a poor family to have many children is often an economic necessity especially when many die young.
“In the world today, for most people in the rural setting, having many children is the surest form of social security they can hope for.”
Lugoloobi said urging parents to only have children they can take care of efficiently and effectively.
And the school head teacher, Sheikh Mohamed Ssemambo asked government to supply computers in primary schools so that the youngsters can get ICT skills right from the start in preparation of their bright future.