Qatar’s schools warned against dismissing students to punish them

October 6, 2010

Qatar’s schools have been warned against dismissing or expelling students from classes as a form of punishment.

A circular by the Supreme Education Council (SEC) to independent schools said that such action put the students’ safety and risk and cannot be tolerated.

Schools have also been told that suspending students from classes for more than three days was a serious breach of rules.

Penalising children by sending them home from classes and thereby putting their safety at risk is also considered as a serious offence, the circular said.

No student can be denied entry into the school or sent home without the parents being informed.

According to SEC, several schools broke the rules last year by committing such offences, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported.

Other violations included changing students’ classes without a written approval from the Independent Schools’ Office and dismissing students before reading the dismissal rules.

The circular urged school directors to strictly apply the SEC directives related to students’ behaviour that oblige the students to abide by the schools’ rules, respect teachers and honour their society.

Abiding by these directives was the only way to achieve Qatar Vision 2030 and accordingly, quality education should be imparted and neglect of students stopped, the circular said.

In another circular, SEC asked all independent schools to strictly respect the national flag and the protocol which defines its proper placement, handling and use.

The circular encouraged independent schools to instil in their students a sense of respect and patriotism by honouring the national flag.

The flag should be treated with respect and should be hoisted in a position of honour and never allowed to touch the ground. All schools staff should know how to salute it, the circular said



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • Bahrain Television News
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