Education defends regulations and says it is based on the Minor Code
SANTO DOMINGO. The director of Guidance and Psychology of the Ministry of Education and the person directly responsible for the Rules of the Educational System for the Harmonious Coexistence in Public and Private Schools, defended yesterday the regulations as she said that the objective is to promote an effective climate suitable for the learning process of the students, and establishing disciplinary guidelines and measures within the framework of pedagogical processes which contribute to a integral formation and the harmonious coexistence.
Minerva Perez reported that the rules were approved by the National Education Council in 2013 and they respond to the mandate of the Code for the Protection of the Fundamental Rights of Boys, Girls and Adolescence (Law 136 – 03), articles 48 and 49, which established the regulations of school discipline and push for the creation of such a regulation, in order to make this mandate operational together with the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic (Minerd).
She indicated that the rules come from the idea that any disciplinary process should be above all pedagogical for an individual citizen who is being educated.
“These Rules are based on the idea that the disciplinary process is not an act of simple authority which is imposed externally on a student. To the contrary, this group of rules understands that the students are an important part of school coexistence and that, in the framework of their progressive autonomy, they should advance in the responsibility for the relations through the interior of the educational community,” she insisted.
The rejection continues
Social psychologists, educators, guidance counselors, and teachers joined the voices that question and reject the regulation from the Ministry of Education, because they feel that it could cause chaos in the classrooms and lead to criminal acts. The first in offering her opinion was the psychologist and educator Carmen Christina De Aza, who said she felt that there should exist minimum regulations, not only for coexistence, but rather for handling the interpersonal relationships.
She recalled that within the regulations that are established in the process of teaching – learning she believes that at the pedagogical level there are a series of elements, methodologies and techniques that the teacher is the one who has to work on achieving discipline and coexistence in the classroom.
“Definitely, there should be some regulations and rules of the game in order to have the same relation working properly, but what it should not be is abusive or contradictory. It should be in the framework of the relations of respect and guaranteeing the right of the persons that are going to intervene both with the application as well as the development of these regulations,” she said.
The expert considered that the teacher should work in relation to his pedagogical authority that at no time does he have to be dogmatic or abusive.
For the social psychologist, Alicia Frias, the regulations could cause many problems and conflicts and nonconformity on the part of the directors and teachers at the public and private educational centers, as they lose their authority on the norms of the institution that could lead to acts of revolution, crimes and criminality by the students.
“If the control and the respect of the regulations and norms do not exist, each person can do what he wants and this could produce anarchy,” noted Frias.
She noted that many students come from disfunctional families and they have no education regarding civic and moral values, and that the educational centers are the ones chosen to provide these teachings which in their homes they do not receive, so that she feels that the regulations should be revised and reflected upon a little more.
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