Min­istry lays down rules for stu­dent dis­missal

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ABU DHABI: The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has ob­li­gated school ad­min­is­tra­tions to list the at­ten­dance and ab­sence of their re­spec­tive stu­dents per classes dur­ing the school day, where a full day of ab­sence will be cal­cu­lated if a stu­dent is ab­sent from one class or more dur­ing the school day with­out per­mis­sion or justi­ied ex­cuse.

Based on this, a stu­dent will be dis­missed from school in case of un­justi­iable ab­sence for 10 con­sec­u­tive days or 15 in­ter­rupted days through­out the aca­demic year, pro­vided that dis­missal will be pre­ceded by 3 warn­ing let­ters at the rate of one warn­ing let­ter for each 3-day ab­sence.

The school has also the right to dis­miss a stu­dent on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the school’s ed­u­ca­tional com­mit­tee and the ap­proval of the con­cerned ed­u­ca­tional au­thor­ity or if a inal judg­ment is is­sued against him in a felony or mis­de­meanour that vi­o­lates hon­our or hon­esty rules.

In all cases, the dis­missal de­ci­sion will be is­sued by the school prin­ci­pal and ap­proved by the ed­u­ca­tion dis­trict and will be noti­ied to the stu­dent’s par­ents.

A num­ber of Abu Dhabi school prin­ci­pals at dif­fer­ent lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion called for the re­turn of the sys­tem where a stu­dent’s be­hav­iour is as­sessed by means of a speciic num­ber of de­grees, not­ing that de­duct­ing such de­grees would be the best so­lu­tion to de­ter care­less stu­dents.

Khalid Al Man­souri, a fam­ily con­sul­tant, stressed that le­niency in stu­dents’ com­mit­ment to at­ten­dance and de­par­ture could af­fect their mo­ti­va­tion for the ed­u­ca­tional process in gen­eral.

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