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Education ministry advises schools to desist from locking out students

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 5:00 PM

The Ministry of Education has instructed schools to stop locking out students.

In a statement, the Ministry said it has received a number of complaints of the practice being used as punishment for students who are late or inappropriately dressed.

According to the Education Ministry, the practice deprives students of instructional time and increases the probability of abduction or digression that may result in harm or loss.

It says the practice also places the schools and government in violation of a number of legislative frameworks including the Child Care and Protection Act and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

And it says the Ministry will take appropriate action against schools which act in contravention of these established pillars of child rights.