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Private schools ask government for changes in school ruling

Members of the Association of Private Educational Institutions (Ainep) say that the current educational ruling for private schools encourages rather than discourages violence, conflict and lack of discipline in schools.

They specifically mentioned that Art. 24 of the July 2013 ruling bans school principals from expelling a student during the school year. Ainep director Luisa Muniz Subervi said this creates a permissive situation that can lead to tragic incident like the recent tragedy in La Romana in which a 12-year old student was beaten and later died as a consequence.

Muniz Subervi says that the Ministry of Education needs to modify the ruling, which is not practical. She expressed concern about the defiant attitude of some students. “There is a large number of cases that are only known in the schools… of bullying, pornographic photos and videos that the schools deal with every day,” she stated.

Ainep secretary Alina Matos says the basic problem is that the ruling protects the students from the consequences of arbitrary actions. She mentioned the case of a student who stole exams. As a symbolic penalty, the school banned the student from attending the graduation, but the parents sued and the courts favored the student. She said that before the 2013 ruling, cases like this were resolved within the schools.

The school principals stated: “We are sending a strange message to children that their actions have no consequences. We are raising them in a bubble where there is only a small hairline between freedom and licentiousness, all managed under the theory of positive discipline,” she said.

She called on the Ministry of Education to sit down to talks with the schools to assess the situation and establish what is more beneficial for the students.

Ainep has drawn up a proposal for changes in the ruling, following a forum attended by 175 private school principals held on 9 March 2016. A follow-up meeting with parents’ associations and educational specialists is scheduled for 27 April 2016.

Matos added that the previous ruling was more effective. It established that if a child took arms or drugs to school he or she could be expelled. She says that serious incidents are now routine, such as defaming fellow students, and hacking information in schools.

The maximum penalty under the current ruling is a two-day suspension from school.

Ainep president Belen Pou and board member Marcel Irizarry said that the ruling prevents the school board from managing difficult situations.

Source: DR1, Eldia

March 31, 2016

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