Schools have the legal authority to discipline students – solon

SCHOOLS have the moral and legal authority to discipline student, if and when their acts affect good order, morals, good name and reputation of the educational institution, according to Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City).

Castelo filed House Resolution 2350 urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to authorize schools to adopt measures to discipline their students.

Castelo cited a legal issue raised when school authorities denied graduation rights to five female high school students who posted their photos in bikinis on their Facebook accounts.

Likewise, Castelo said six high school boys were also denied graduation rights by their schools administration after they uploaded photos of them kissing each other while in school uniform.

In pushing for the resolution, Castelo cited a Supreme Court ruling on February 16, 1982 imposing disciplinary action on a student who physically assaulted a professor outside the school premises.

The High Tribunal stated that common sense dictates that the school retains its power to compel its students in or off-campus to a norm of conduct compatible with their standing as members of the academic community.

“The power of the school over its students does not cease absolutely when they leave the school premises,” Castelo said.

Castelo said the conduct outside of school hours may subject a student to school discipline if it directly affects the good order and welfare of the school or has direct and immediate effect on the discipline or general welfare of the school.

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