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Headmasters divided over suspension of students violating traffic laws

VietNamNet Bridge - Under a new decision released by the Hanoi Education and Training Department on March 7, students repeatedly violating traffic laws will be forced to stay away from school for one week.
VietNamNet Bridge - Under a new decision released by the Hanoi Education and Training Department on March 7, students repeatedly violating traffic laws will be forced to stay away from school for one week.


Nguyen Tung Lam, president of Dinh Tien Hoang people-founded High School, lauded the decision, saying that students must be heavily punished if they repeatedly violate the traffic regulations.

Lam said he was worried after seeing so many underage students driving motorbikes, not wearing helmets and driving through a red light.

“We told students to observe traffic laws, but we didn’t punish them heavily enough to deter them. With the new decision, the education department has increased the sanction,” Lam said.

“Students will have to take responsibility for their behavior instead of paying fine with their parents’ money and then having several repeat offences,” he added.

Under a new decision released by the Hanoi Education and Training Department on March 7, students repeatedly violating traffic laws will be forced to stay away from school for one week.
It is necessary to apply strong measures to educate naughty students, because disciplining students, giving them ‘zero’ for behavior and forcing them to do community services won’t help. Only when students are suspended and cannot go to school like friends, they will rethink about their behaviors and try to respect the laws.

The educator went on to say that the new regulation will not only have impacts on students, but also make parents aware of their responsibility in educating children.

“The education will fail if parents neglect their children,” Lam said, adding that if students indulge in play when they have to stay off from school, parents will have to take responsibility for this.

He doesn’t think one-week absence would badly affect students’ learning, because there are only 1-2 periods (45 minutes per period) for every learning subjects a week.

Agreeing with Lam, headmaster of Phan Huy Chu High School Nguyen Thi Nhiep, said parents need to join forces with school in educating students.

She complained that in many cases, parents are uncooperative. They committed to telling children not to violate traffic laws, but allowed their children to drive motorbikes to school.

“It is necessary to strictly sanction those who ignore the discipline,” Nhiep said, adding that schools need to join forces with society to fulfill the education mission and help reduce the number of traffic accidents.

Meanwhile, many other educators have voiced their disagreement with the Hanoi education department’s decision. 

The headmaster of a high school said that the suspension will not help educate students, because naughty students don’t like going to school.

“It is ridiculous to deprive students’ right to go to school for such a mistake,” he commented.

“If they violate the laws, they need to be forced to do community service, or something like that. Suspension must not be a reasonable decision,” he said. 



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