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Obey school rules - end of story!

Published:Saturday | March 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I write in response to an article written by Jaevion Nelson in The Gleaner dated March 3, 2016.He stated that "schools seem to be trying to outdo each other with the ridiculous 'rules' they have implemented".

I want to inform Mr Nelson that school is a formal place to teach our students values, one of which is to observe rules or regulations, whether or not they seem ridiculous to him. It is the duty of parents to be apprised of school rules and to ensure students abide by them, providing that they do not compromise their religious beliefs.

Students should be taught that there are consequences to breaking rules, whether or not they consider them to be foolish. The very same ridiculous rules that students are expected to obey at school are the same ones imposed in the working world, failure to obey which can cost them their jobs or even their lives.

Students knowingly and intentionally break school rules to prove that they are above the regulations. If a hairstyle is not allowed at school, no exceptions should be made to allow for the breaking of those rules, barring religious or medical reasons. It is because the society considers simple rules to be ridiculous why we have so much mayhem in Jamaica. Persons don't see the need to join a line anymore, or when they turn up at the hospital, they demand to be seen first, no matter the seriousness of their injuries.

Codes of conduct are there to teach students to obey simple rules so that they can play their part in making Jamaica a disciplined society. Rules will not always appear to make sense, but they are there to serve a purpose.