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This study aims at examining the major school problem that educators and school leaders are facing to manage in the instructional context. With the multiple forms and the complexity of their causes, indiscipline has become a major challenge, particularly in a context where the rights of the adolescents are safeguarded by the various laws and conventions. This research attempts to investigate into these forms of indiscipline, the degree of the seriousness of the offences and their root causes to gear towards the well-being of students. A qualitative research design is adopted to gather information from educators and heads of secondary schools in Mauritius. A survey was also conducted to gather the views of these participants. The forms of indiscipline are more contextual and the causes were mainly related to the student, the school context, the family and the society. It is recommended that a holistic approach is adopted by the stakeholders of the school in order to effectively address this multifaceted and complex school phenomenon, which is emerging as a school cancer in the Mauritian secondary schools. The students must not only be educated their rights, but also their responsibilities as a major stakeholder in the school system.

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1, 2Open University of Mauritius; Mauritius


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