New educational policies teachers need to know, coming into effect Sept 1st

Public schools responsible for compulsory education are not allowed to run private schools:

Public schools that are responsible for compulsory education shall not establish or participate in the establishment of private schools, nor may they be converted into private schools.

“5 + 2” after class service in compulsory education schools:

After-school services should be implemented to ensure full coverage of the “5+2” model, that is , the school will carry out after-school services 5 days a week, at least 2 hours a day, and the end time must be in line with normal off-duty time.

For parents who have difficulties in picking up their children, the schools should provide extended custody services.

Schools should publicise after-school service implementation plans so that parents and students fully understand the arrangements and actively guide students in need to voluntarily choose to participate in after-school services.

Protect minors from sexual harassment:

Article 24 of Chapter 3 of the “Regulations” stipulates: Schools should establish and implement a code of conduct between faculty and students, establish student dormitory safety management systems and video surveillance management systems along with any other systems deemed necessary to establish working mechanisms for the prevention of sexual assaults and harassment.

Protect minors from bullying:

The “Provisions on the Protection of Minors in Schools” clearly defines the concept of bullying, requiring schools to regularly carry out special investigations on the prevention and control of bullying amongst all students and evaluate whether there is bullying in schools.

It also summarizes the following five types of bullying behaviours, such as violation of the body, humiliation, infringement of property, malicious exclusion, cyber defamation or dissemination of private information:

1 Beating, kicking, slapping, scratching, biting, pushing, pulling, etc. infringing upon another person’s body or intimidating or threatening another person;

2 Violating the dignity of others by abusing, ridiculing, using insulting nicknames, etc.;

3 Forcibly seizing or deliberately destroying the property of others;

4 Maliciously isolating others,

5 Fabricating facts to slander others, spread rumours or wrong information to slander others and maliciously spread others’ secrets either online or other means of information dissemination

It is forbidden to disclose students ‘examination results and ranking:

The regulation requires that, schools and teachers are forbidden to disclose students’ test scores and rankings. The starting point is to protect students’ privacy and self-esteem, reduce comparison, avoid discrimination and relieve the pressure of examinations. However, it is also stipulated that schools should take measures to facilitate parents to know academic information such as students’ scores.

Mobile phones are not allowed into the classroom:

The “Provisions on the Protection of Minors in Schools” stipulates the school’s authority to manage mobile phones and clearly stipulates that other than for teaching needs smart products such as mobile phones etc. are prohibited from entering the classroom.

The freedom of students to rest between classes should not be violated:

“Regulations on the protection of minors in schools” issued a “rest order” for primary and secondary school students during recess:

Article 8 states that schools shall not set up management measures that infringe upon students’ personal freedoms, it is not allowed to set unnecessary restrictions on students’ freedom of speech and behaviour such as proper communication, games and activities outside the classroom between classes and during other non-teaching hours.

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