Disciplinary Policy

Disciplinary Procedures

Legislation

– South African School’s Act, (Act no. 84 of 1996) as amended by the Education Laws

Amendment   Act, 2005. (“SASA”)

– The regulations for Misconduct of Learners at Public Schools and Disciplinary

Proceedings, 2001 (General Notice 2591 of 2001). (“Regulations”)

– The promotion of Administrative Justice Act (Act no. 3 of 2000)

– The promotion of Access to Information Act (Act no 2 of 2000)

– The constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act no. 108 of 1996)

Aim of the Code of Conduct for discipline

  • Promote school standards – not punish
  • Promote progressive action
  • Enforce discipline
  • A disciplined school

Infringements of learners will be graded according to the seriousness of the infringement. The following procedures will be followed.

The grade of an offence will determine the procedure to be followed.

  1. Grade 1 offence – a verbal warning/community service followed by written warning followed by a final written warning, then a disciplinary hearing.
  2. Grade 2 offence – a final written warning followed by a disciplinary hearing, then a tribunal hearing.
  3. Grade 3 offence – a disciplinary hearing or a tribunal hearing (depending on the severity of the specific offence.
  4. Grade 4 offence – offence to be immediately reported to the South African Police Services (SAPS) and a tribunal hearing.

Grade 1 Offences:

  • Eating, drinking, or chewing gum during any contact time (class and assembly
  • Misconduct in an assembly
  • Loitering in the passages, at the tuck shop or at the toilets
  • Misconduct or poor sportsmanship during an extra-mural activity’s practice, intra-or-inter-school completion or league fixture
  • Failure to attend detention class
  • Continual interference with another learner which causes minor physical or mental discomfort
  • Misconduct during detention
  • Failure to wear the correct sport kit for a match or practice
  • Disruptive behaviour in class
  • Spitting in public
  • Failure to: Do class work set and submit homework; To bring the required textbooks/ notes ; To bring the required textbooks, notes, stationary, or equipment to a lesson ;Hand work in on time; Copying another learner’s class work or homework ; Defacing school property ;Reporting late for class; Use of a cell phone, computer game, iPod and similar electronic devices, during all contact time

Grade 2 Offences:

  • Vandalism
  • Interfering/damaging with another person’s possessions/property without the owner’s consent
  • Racism: remarks/insults
  • Forgery: altering of official documents such as medical certificates and qualifications and fraudulent use thereof
  • Intimidation by verbal or physical threat to harm the person or his property (bullying)
  • Swearing, lying, or using obscene gestures
  • Verbal or non-verbal abuse
  • Disrespect or insolence
  • Insubordination – ignoring or failing to carry out a specific instruction (to include failure to do work/or failure to report to the subject teacher with his /her work/punishment as stipulated)
  • Fighting, common assault or attempted assault
  • Public disturbance and public indecency
  • Gambling
  • Unacceptable hair styles, including colouring or bleaching
  • Display of visible tattoos
  • Using a cell phone as a means of communication during formal testing
  • Cheating, attempting to cheat or having forbidden material or information in a test venue during controlled testing (class tests, term tests, internal exams). This includes any form of communication, verbal or non-verbal, with another learner
  • Copying of projects or any other work intended for the year mark/assessment
  • Truancy from any contact time
  • Possession or use of firecrackers
  • Any action which brings the school’s name into disrepute
  • Possession of offensive material, excluding pornographic material
  • Unreasonable repetition of a Grade 1 offence

Grade 3 Offences:

  • Possession of weapons/realistic looking toy gun that can cause physical injury (knives, etc)
  • Entering the school premises while under the influence of alcohol/drugs
  • Possession, copying, distribution, use or displaying of pornographic material
  • Assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm
  • Truancy from school or leaving school grounds without the necessary permission
  • Taking part in any form of illegal strike action/meeting/campaign on school premises
  • Any learner who, in or outside of the buildings, or on or off the premises of the school, whilst under the control of school authorities, intentionally conducts himself in a manner which is or could be seriously detrimental to the maintenance of order or discipline at the school
  • Violating the rights of other learners to receive education by disrupting classes, preventing other learners from attending classes, preventing teachers from providing teaching, or in any other manner
  • Violating the rights of the teacher to carry out his/her tasks, to the school, the staff, the teacher, or fellow learners
  • Repetition of a Grade 2 offence

Grade 4 Offences:

  • Use of weapons that cause physical injury (knives, etc.)
  • Possession and/or use of a firearm, firearm magazine, ammunition, dangerous or lethal weapon
  • Possession, using and/or dealing in drugs, or alcohol, or any other intoxicating substance
  • Poisoning, or attempting to poison another person
  • Theft, robbery, breaking and entering
  • Malicious damage/injury to property of the school, staff members, fellow learners or any other person or body
  • Rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault
  • Physical assault that results in bodily harm
  • Sedition or inciting any form of illegal strike action/meeting/campaign on school premises
  • Any offence punishable under common law

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