Friday, April 20, 2007

One child under six is expelled every week

Excertpted from the Telegraph (UK).
At least one child aged five or under is expelled from school every week and dozens more are suspended as bad behaviour among pupils soars.

Official Government figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that increasing numbers of children are being barred from primary school for offences as serious as sexual assault, theft, racism and even drug dealing.

In an alarming disclosure, it is revealed that 230 pupils are suspended and six are permanently excluded from primary schools in England every day during term time.

In the reception year alone, 60 pupils aged four or five were expelled in just 12 months - a three-fold increase compared to year earlier. A further 960 - or five a day - were suspended.

The findings will fuel concerns that bad behaviour among teenagers is increasingly trickling down to the very youngest children. Teachers claim that many pupils arrive at school without any sense of respect for adults as parents fail to impose any discipline in the home.

A clear need to reinstitute corporal punishment at home and in schools?

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