International Journal of Social Policy & Education

ISSN 2689-4998 (print), 2689-5013 (online)

DOI: 10.61494/ijspe

Moral Behaviour of Students in School: Societal Dilemma

Angelina Popyeni Amushigamo (PhD)


This study was conducted at Hangolo senior secondary school, a school in Akapelu education region in Namibia. The study explored a principal, head of department, teachers and parents’ views about the apparent moral decay among some students in school and possible strategies to be used to develop moral behaviours among students. A qualitative approach using a case study design was employed. Data was collected by means of focus group discussions with ten participants, that is, the school principal, a head of department, four teachers and four parents who were members of the school board. The findings of the study revealed that causes of moral decay among students included among others: their misunderstanding of their rights and the notion of a democracy, a lack of parental guidance at home, and a misinterpretation of policies. The study suggests that parents, teachers and other stakeholders should be dedicated to their responsibility to guide students to behave in a more moral way by adopting a community approach. Students should also be properly guided to understand what is meant by the concepts of rights and democracy in relation to moral behaviour.