And indeed it is disheartening to see more students who want to be someone taking up smoking, drugs, alcohol and chewing betel nut.
It shows the slackness in our system by way of training our young people these days to avoid these illegal substance.
The big question that needs to be answered is; Who is to be blamed for this?
As you answer this in your mind let us focus on the future and how this problem will affect our society.
Its long term effect will be very harsh.
But I just want to highlight few of the effects;
More of our people will die from smoking and lung cancer, mouth cancer more people will be mentally affected and we are seeing that on our streets youths roaming aimlessly because their brains are not functioning well.
More young people will drop out of school because they lack concentration on their studies because they just love to spend time with their friends and engage in social activities which affect their health.
We will have a strain on our budget because more money will be diverted to the health sector treat more people who are sick from mouth cancer, HIV/AIDs, non-communical diseases.
Parents will be having more hard times trying to teach their children to refrain from joining bad peer groups.
The country is going to face a real problem with it comes to youths and illegal social activities they are engaged in.
I believe there is a lot more work to do to address issues affecting our jobs.
The jobless rate will be higher at the end of this year once hundreds more students left the formal system.
We should not stop and slow down on work activities.
There are many ways to help youths and responsible authorities knows best how to deal with them.
But funding is very important to help push these efforts forwards.
As we end this year in a month, lets look forward for next year and focus on addressing youths’ issues in this country.
Dab Havi Jnr
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