In Tun Ghafar Baba and in most secondary boarding schools, many of the students will feel disgusted with this well-known disciplinary board, the Wardens. Me too. We felt uneasy with with their presence, actions and words. It's a common thing for us to hear phrases that were being claimed as an explanation to their actions; 'Nanti korang besar korang tau laa..., Kita buat ni untuk kebaikan korang jugak.' and of course, many others. Some of my friends told me that their actions do not reflect their job as a teacher, maybe because it's too harsh and too unfriendly. My friend even told me that we (the students) are far more matured than the wardens. But I thought that we were foolish and we cannot even see anything yet.
I'm living in an environment filled with teachers, wardens and policy makers for education. So, I think that I can understand a little bit of the situations on both side. Last Monday, a Mesyuarat Agung Muafakat (In Kementerian, it's mere a PIBG General Meeting), was held at the hall of the school. I was there, standing at the end of the hall, while eating a plate of Mee Goreng. Many parents were there too. I must say, these parents were very demanding. They ask for a complete maintenance of the school, greater works from teachers, and also, one of the must-be motions raised by them, discipline. Three hours went by. Two-third of the meeting's period was all about the students performance in their disciplinary skills. The parents scolded the teachers, specifically wardens, saying that they neglected the students as more and more students were involved in offending school's laws. From that, I've noticed that the wardens were being pressurized by the parents.
Feeling responsible, their response were simple and quick. By executing more and more ambushes to the dorms seemed effective. The students here were angered with the plan. The same thing happened to us last year. If our wardens didn't do their job, then our parents will yell and put up a lot of pressure onto them. Haha..but I'm not on any side as I'm no longer a school student..hehehe. I've recalled that some of the parents in my previous school asked the admin, 'Kenapa tak buang-buang je budak-budak yang bermasalah ni? Kan senang cam tu?' Yeah, senang kepale hotak ko. If we were to remove all of the students with moral problems from school, then berape kerat je Malay people that can be ensured to receive complete education in school. Mara does not neglect these students, but Mara is looking at the long-term effect. Maybe one day, they will bring success provided with our complete education in Mrsm although they were school offenders at the first place.
One of my friends once quoted, 'We can never underestimate the school offenders as one day, they may turn to be far superior than our own'. I say it's true. What say you?