THE EDITOR, Sir:
I would like to commend your columnist Jaevion Nelson for a very well-written and well-researched article ('Stop suspending students'), published on October 3, 2013, on the issue of disciplinary action taken against students for infractions of school rules and regulations.
The arbitrary actions taken by some schools to suspend and/or expel students for violations of school regulations, as Nelson pointed out, is quite counterproductive and does nothing to advance the emotional well-being or educational development of the affected children.
Recently, my own child, a grade 13 student of a well-known high school, was suspended from classes for a day because of a verbal spat with another student who was
My child has been a model student throughout her entire school career and has never been cited or reprimanded for any prior indiscipline or violation of the rules of the current school she attends or the ones prior.
It seems to me that the Ministry of Education must now begin to look at the various disciplinary measures being employed by schools and ensure that the overarching objective of turning out a balanced, disciplined, and educated child is not sacrificed in favour of simply proving which schools have the strictest rules.