UAE bans detentions, downgrading, and mockery as forms of school discipline

No detention, corporal punishment, ridicule or downgrading — so what can teachers do? (Shutterstock)
Updated 04 October 2017
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UAE bans detentions, downgrading, and mockery as forms of school discipline

DUBAI: Students in the UAE will no longer be expected to serve detention or suffer lower grades as a form of punishment according to new rules published in the code of conduct for teachers.
The code was first published six years ago, and was updated last month, but the changes were only made public this week, UAE daily The National reported.
The changes come as part of a newly updated code of conduct for teachers and school staff that also bans the use of corporal punishment as a form of punishment.
The rules also prohibit teachers in UAE schools from mocking or using sarcasm toward students, depriving them of food or toilet breaks, and using verbal insults or confiscating their belongings.
Under the new regulations there are four degrees of violations students can be accused of committing. And the code suggests different procedures to handle the behavior.
Correctional procedures include verbal and written warnings, programs for reforming the behavior and in serious cases students can eventually be expelled and told to attend mandatory “bad conduct rehabilitation programs.”


Boulder-sized sunfish washes ashore in Australia

Updated 21 March 2019
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Boulder-sized sunfish washes ashore in Australia

  • The enormous creature is distinct for both its size and peculiar shape
  • The fish can weigh up to 2.5 tons (2,200 kilograms)

SYDNEY: A boulder-sized fish of a kind known to “sink yachts” has washed up on an Australian beach.
The 1.8 meter (six feet) specimen — believed to be a Mola Mola, or ocean sunfish — came ashore near the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia at the weekend.
The enormous creature is distinct for both its size and peculiar shape featuring a flattened body and fins.
The fish can weigh up to 2.5 tons (2,200 kilogrammes), according to National Geographic.
A photo circulating on social media showed two people on a beach standing over the giant specimen, which had died.
“The amount of news and media from all over the world wanting to report it has been on another level,” Linette Grzelak, who posted the image to Facebook, told AFP.
“Never expected this.”
South Australian Museum fish collection manager Ralph Foster said the fish was actually at the smaller end of the scale for the species.
It earned its name for basking in the sun near the ocean’s surface, but is also known to dive several hundred meters (feet) into the depths, he said.
“I’ve actually had a good look at it, we get three species here and this is actually the rarest one in South Australian waters,” Foster told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
“They can get a lot bigger... it’s probably an average-sized one, they can get nearly twice as big as that,” he added.
Mola Mola have also been known to damage vessels, Foster added.
“We get a lot of them hit by boats and some of them are so large they actually sink yachts,” he said.
“We know very little about them, it’s only in the last few years that technology has allowed us to start learning about them.
“They are amazing things, they really are.”