By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, April 27, 2013
In a video posted on YouTube following the video of the veiled school girls who alleged that they “were banned from entering school by their headmaster because of their headscarf”, the headmaster of Ibn Sinaa middle school in Tangiers said that the “girls in question haven’t been denied entry.”
“These students weren’t banned from entering school, but in fact, they violated the law into force and disregarded the circular issued by the management board,” the headmaster said.
He added that the management board, met on March 29, and decided to put into force firmly the school code namely two major codes: the first one is that students should abide by the school uniform, in conformity with ministerial circulars and the national chart, and the second is that all students are not allowed to use cell phones inside schools.
Article 19 of the the national charter Part I, chapter 3 (Rights and duties of individuals and communities), states that pupils and students, in addition to other responsibilities, should “be diligent, disciplined and adhere to schedules, standards and regulations of the school”, and “practice individual and collective participation in class and in activities and group games.”
It is worth mentioning that the management board, as the supreme council of any school, with representation from administration staff, teachers, parents and partners, provide support to the administration and has a normative power.
Among the functions of the council are:
- Provide advice on the programming of the institution, teaching hours and schedules and the allocation of teachers’ duties;
- Also participate in periodic evaluation of the teaching activity and ensure the good condition of infrastructure, equipment and educational climate of the institution;
- Offer or provide adequate solutions to ensure the maintenance of the school, improved its prestige and the broadening of its reach.
In spite of these regulations and codes calling on students to respect the school uniform, it is worth mentioning that the criteria of the accepted school uniform are not clearly defined. The legislation and circulars regarding the school dress used the ambiguous phrase “decent dress”without providing specific standards.
At the lack of specific standards of dress acceptable in Moroccan schools, the phrase “decent dress” is subject to the interpretations of teachers, headmasters and management boards.
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