NON-CORPORAL MEASURES TO ENFORCE DISCIPLINE IN SCHOOL
Of late schools have been under scrutiny by the judiciary, media, and most importantly the parents, on the issues related to corporal punishment. Different schools at various points in time have come under scanner and the school authorities have been questioned by the stakeholders despite the well meaning intentions of the teachers.
Beachwood School believes that we should be pioneers in implementing the current ruling and thought processes of government, judiciary, affiliating boards, media and the parents to provide a safe and secure academic environment to students at all times. However, it does not mean that indiscipline would be tolerated. It only means that the school would comprehensively adopt non-corporal ways to discipline a child and bring the necessary order in school. Our school’s managing committee on 27-July-2010 has discussed these matters in depth and has decided to implement measures to enforce discipline and order in non-corporal ways. The entire system works as follows:
- Wearing sharp edge items that can cause physical harm
- Tearing page of school / class register
- Hooting/ howling in presence of teacher
- Troubling/ harassing/ ragging the juniors
- Use of invective objectionable language for parents, teachers or elders
- Attempt to inflict harm to self
- False allegation against principal, teacher or and other school’s staff
- Writing, drawing and circulating objectionable material
- Fights leading to physical injury
- Bringing/ consuming objectionable food items
- Threatening parents, teachers, students or anyone else within/outside campus
- Absence of specially called parents in parent teachers meeting
- Hitting students in vulnerable areas
- Spoiling school’s / teacher’s / student’s belongings
- Extortion of money from students
- Hiding or stealing other student’s bag, books, copies, subject guides etc.
- Argument with staff and teachers
- Bringing any input device into computer room
- Cruelty to animals in the campus
- Purchasing / selling/ exchanging items
- Non-payment of monthly & other fees (outstanding more than two months)
- Stealing school’s belongings
- Not bringing subject guide, books, copies and stationeries
- Not reporting to school / hostel in time
- Not bringing assigned homework/projects
- Hooting/ howling in absence of teacher
- Not following queue manners – talking, not closing gaps, pushing, pulling etc.
- Use of invective’s/ objectionable language for students
- Untimely payment of school and hostel’s fees (more than two occasions)
- Altering the marks in test exam copies/ forging parent’s / teacher’s signature
- Pinching students
- Bringing sharp objects, mobile, CD, Ipod or any other objectionable material
- Wasting food / pages / any other material
- Absence without reason
- Speak in languages other than English
- Throwing articles in the toilet
- Infatuation with teachers / co-students
- Grooming issues – untidy dress, long hairs and nails, wearing of jewelry items etc.
- Spreading rumours
- Wearing/ bringing costly items including jewelry, watch etc.
- Troubling/ harassing/ ragging peers & seniors
- Not obeying the command
- Bribing the school’s teachers and staff
- Attending class when unfit
- Without reason not joining schedule
- Running/pushing/ pulling in the staircase/ corridor /classroom
Note: This list could be appended or modified continuously as the system improves.
- Each minor / major offence is recorded in the class discipline register. Parents on subsequent parent teacher’s meeting sign these. Absence of those parents in the meeting would be treated as a major offence. One major offence will lead to issuance of a yellow card to the student by the subject teacher/ class teacher in consultation with principal. The card is handed over to the parent by the class teacher. Three minor offence would lead to issuance of a yellow card. However, depending on severity, any minor offence can be treated as major and a yellow card could be issued.
- Two more major offences (total three) lead the case to disciplinary sub-committee and issuance of blue card to the student. This time the card is handed over to the parents by the principal.
- Two more major offences (total five) would lead the case to school’s disciplinary committee, including guardian representatives, and further to issuance of red card to the students. Again the card is handed over to the parents by the principal.
- Any major offence after issuance of red card would lead to the termination of the student that very day irrespective of day, time and occasion. The orders would be issued by the principal in consultation with secretary or trustees.
Constitution of disciplinary sub-committee
Class teacher, two other teachers (recommendation is to be placed before principal for decision)
Constitution of school’s disciplinary committee
- Principal, class teacher, two other teachers, two guardian representatives (recommendation is to be executed by principal)