By Andy Sambidge
Education Minister announces new regulations to improve behaviour in schools
A new code of conduct aimed at improving the behaviour of school pupils in the UAE has been approved by education chiefs.
Humaid Al Qattami, the Minister of Education, has instructed school managements to impose the new regulations which are designed to stamp out "any alien and strange behaviours".
The 20-article code introduces "transparent methods" for educators to address and handle students' behaviour.
The new code defines punitive measures the school should take against unruly students and sets out procedures for complaints.
"The Ministry of Education has placed the student at the centre of its development initiatives as the real asset of the country, and is striving - by all means - to build his balanced and ambitious character and plant positive values and behaviours to groom him as a good citizen who is confident of himself and conscious of the concerns of his nation and capable of delivering the aspiration of his nation," the minister said in comments published by news agency WAM on Wednesday.
"The new rules on student discipline aim to enhance a positive and constructive paradigm of values, principles and trends and provide for a proper learning ambience that offers ideal opportunities for cultivating balanced relations among students themselves from one side and students and their teachers and other school staff and parents on the other side," he added.