Majority would be of the claim that the education system has plenty of room for improvement. However, creating a strategy to take schools to the next level is not easy. Students face certain social problems and challenges. First and foremost, it is essential we identify the problems students face. The first problem lies in noticing where the problems lie which keep students from achieving their goals in school. However, social problems are dynamic and not static. This means problems faced by students may change as time goes on depending on who identifies it as a problem. It can either be students, parents, teachers, government or parliaments. These are the list of 13 major problems public schools face based on the angle of many students involved.
1. The size of the classroom
This is one of the problems many countries are facing. The classrooms are not enough to accommodate the huge number of students. One of the challenges faced by schools is overpopulation. Many schools want to increase the number of students without having the funds to cater for the amenities needed by the students. The combination of an increasing population of the students and inadequate funding has caused class sizes to soar. The ideal class size should be at 25 to 30 students. Unfortunately, many classrooms around the world now exceed the ideal number, 30 students. Lecturing a large number of students will make teaching ineffective and difficult. Classroom overpopulation has become a normal thing in societies across the world. This problem is unlikely to be solved anytime soon. Therefore schools and government should try as much as possible to create workable solutions for effective learning. Most teachers will agree with me that effective teaching in classrooms cannot be achieved in an overcrowded class. There is not enough of the teacher to go around. Overcrowding increases classroom discipline issues.
Students living in poverty mainly benefit from smaller classroom sizes the most. students that do not have access to the basic needs now comprise the majority of public school students in countries of the world. It’s difficult to afford school supplies. From items that include pencils, paper, backpacks, lunch bag, notebooks to those that are less obvious but crucial. School resumption season requires a whole lot of shopping. Although, some schools that are owned by charitable organizations’ supply low-income students with minimum amount of supplies. Some children that do not have access to the basic needs may choose to behave differently bacause they are faced overwhelming problems that kids born with a silver spoon never have to face.
In the modern world, Students have broad knowledge technologically than many teachers. many people schools are lacking in the aspect of technology. Public schools in many countries have limited access to technology. Limited access to technology has led to inefficiency in education. Students must have access to ICT facilities (Computers, free Wi-fi, E-books, E-library). However, technology in advanced countries has also resulted to a social problem. Students get distracted from their schoolwork and then focus their attention on social media. When teachers have limited to technology, bringing education and technology together can be difficult to keep students’ attention on certain topics. Technology needs to come into the schools to improve learning and also keep the demands of the modern day world.
Bullying is not a new social problem in schools. it has been in existence since the early 90s. It is one of the social problems that has a negative effect on the learning process of many students. Bullying causes emotional trauma on bullied students especially in white countries. the introduction of technology has made bullying even more easier. It has given bullies more avenue to torment students through social media, messages and other violent misconduct. This is known as Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying has become a major problems in schools. Recorded cases in the number of suicides has been alarming. Most of them has been evidenced traced to bullying events. Although laws are being enacted to reduce the level of cyberbullying but this has been difficult to handle legally.
Student Negative Attitudes and Behaviors
Many public school students lack respect and apathy for teachers. Students have little regards for teachers which as a resulted to a major problem facing schools today. Challenges like apathy, rudeness, disrespect, untidyness and punctuality have become problems for teachers and school authorities. Some students even go to the level of exhibiting negative behavior. These negative attitudes include destroying school properties, absenteeism and bullying. Moreover, these problems are persistent in secondary school or high school rather than primary or elementary schools.
Parental involvement is very essential in the lives of students. There is no happy involvement in a child’s education than active parental involvement. Some parents do not care about their child’s education. Some parents do not even know where their child is schooling. All they care about is the financial aspect of the kid. Children need parental support and care. Money is not the only solution to certain problems. Parental care and support could do a lot of changes in the education of a child. Some parents won’t even sghow up in their child’s school the entire school year, no matter the event taking place. Teachers don’t always get that level from parents because they cannot become actively involved in their students’ education.
Health of Student
Poor income students suffer from certain ailments, diseases or sickness. This is as a result of malnutrition/poor diet and the high level of poverty. However, Poor income students aren’t the only ones with health problems. Health conditions encompasses all individuals in the society irrespective of your society. This means that everyone is susceptible to having uncertain health conditions. For instance, Obesity and fatigue has reached epidemic proportions in the advanced countries. Obesity results from poor eating habits and overeating. Obesity problem may also be contributing to lower student achievement. Obesity also increases a student’s risk for health conditions, like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure, which could result to skipping schools.
Lack of funds
Inadequate funds have created challenges for schools most especially public schools. Lack of funds result to lack of teaching personnel, resources, ineffective teaching and decrease in services for students. Some school of thought are of the support that more funding of education won’t solve the challenges of education while some school of thoughts see lack of funds as the major challenge faced by schools. Furthermore, public and private schools face many challenges. One of the problems is the inability to identify this problems. It is important to note that these social problems vary in both public and private schools. Although educators, parents and lawmakers have rubbed minds to find solutions to these problems but this is not yielding any positive reinforcement or result.
Hard Drugs and Alcohol
The use and abuse of hard substance are major issues affecting students in every areas of the world. According to medical report by the CDC, 40 percent of teens reported drinking alcohol within the past 60 days and 22 percent engaged in drugs. Students who engage in the use of substance often develop health and scholastic problems. These problems include lower grades, mental problems resulting to memory issues and a higher chance of missing school.