Ministry of Education, Guyana

Unacceptable Behaviours and Sanctions

Article Index:

Category 1 Type 1 Offences/Unacceptable Behaviours

1. Loud talking in class
2. Repeated lateness
3. Littering
4. Cursing and arguing
5. Chewing gum in class
6. Eating in class
7. Cheating at examinations
8. Superimposing/altering figures on report booklets/cumulative record cards.
9. Making fun of other persons (teasing, name calling)
10. Bullying
11. Being out of school uniform without permission
12. Hitting
13. Inappropriate touching
14. Failing to do homework
15. Destroying and/or defacing textbooks
16. Pelting other persons
17. Obscene gestures
18. Playing rough
19. Stealing
20. Unexcused absences
21. Disrespect for teachers
22. Possessing and making use of pagers, cellular phones, and computer games in class/school
23. Copying (writing other learners work to use as your own)
24. Banging objects in class
25. Spitting on one another
26. Pinching
27. Malicious scratching of face and body parts of other learners
28. Punching
29. Making faces
30. Stretching out of tongue
31. Telling untruths
32. Urinating and defecating around school building and compound
33. Indecent exposure
34. Kicking other persons
35. Biting other persons               

Category 1 Type 1 Disciplinary Actions/Sanctions

1. Parental contract
2. Detention before and/or after school
3. In-school suspension
4. Withdrawal of privileges
5. Cleaning of part of premises where infraction occurred
6. Referral to Counsellor/School Welfare Officer
7. Reprimand by supervising teacher
8. Writing/reciting lines


Category 1 Type 11 Unacceptable Behaviour

1. Category 1 Type 1 offenses which continue after three attempts to correct them
2. Fighting
3. Biting other persons
4. Leaving school or school sponsored activities without permission
5. Skipping classes
6. Using rude, vulgar language
7. Possessing or using matches or lighters without teacher supervision
8. Smoking
9. Refusing to wear school uniform
10. Stealing from other learners and causing bodily harm
11. Possessing or using tobacco products or non-prescription drugs on the school premises or at school sponsored activities
12. Gambling
13. Refusal to be disciplines by teachers
14. Continuous out bursts of anger or continuous verbal disruption of any school activity
15. Failure to complete/serve disciplinary assignment/sanction meted out
16. Willful destruction or defacing of school property
17. Behaviour on or off the school premises that is detrimental to the welfare or safety of other learners or school staff
18. Continued willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority

Category 1 Type 11 Disciplinary Actions/Sanctions

1. File charges with relevant law enforcement authorities
2. Cleaning part of school premises where infraction occurred.
3. In-school suspension
4. Head Teacher/Parent/Learner conference
5. Parental Contact
6. Billing of parent for damages to school property
7. Referral to Counsellor/School Welfare Officer
8. Referral to Head of Department of Education for frequent and habitual infractions
9. Suspension by the Head Teacher


Category 2 Type 1 Unacceptable Behaviours

1. Repeated Category 1 Type 11 Unacceptable Behaviours
2. Sexual harassment
3. Knowingly, purposefully or recklessly carrying, bringing or possessing a pellet gun air powered rifle, toy gun, can openers, box cutters, clubs, cutlass, screwdrivers, sling shot, stunt guns, car aerials or any other instrument that can be used as weapons.
4. Possessing look-alike drugs and items which could be passed off as drugs
5. Possession, purchase or use of marijuana, cocaine, aerosol spray, paint, glue or any un-prescribed or dangerous drugs.
6. Possession and use of fireworks or any other explosive device
7. Damage to the property of teachers and other learners (puncturing of tires, breaking windows, marking paint)
8. Retaliation against school staff through threats, bringing in groups, family members, friends, etc. to argue with or assault school staff or student.
9. Production or dissemination of pornographic material
10. Continued willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority.
11. Willful destruction or defacing of school property
12. Behaviour on or off school premises which is detrimental to the welfare or safety of other learners or of school staff including behaviour which causes threat of physical harm to the learner or other learners.
13. Serious violations in the school or on its premises
14. Repeated interference in the school’s ability to provide educational opportunities to other learners

Category 2 Type 1 Disciplinary Actions/Sanctions

1. Suspension by the Head Teacher
2. Charges filed with proper law enforcement authorities
3. Cleaning part of school premise
4. In-class suspension
5. Head Teacher/Parent/Learner conference
6. Parental contract
7. Parental contact and billing of parent for damages to school property
8. Referral for counseling
9. Referral to the Head of Education Department for frequent infractions to policy
10. Parent meeting following suspension for the purpose of discussing re-entry, transfer or expulsion
11. Exclusion from ceremonies and other activities
12. For possession or use of marijuana or for repeated offenses as regards possession purchase or sale of drug paraphernalia, the learner shall be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency/authority.


Category 2 Type 11 Unacceptable Behaviours

1. Making a terroristic threat
2. Carrying, bringing, using or possessing dangerous weapons or firearms
3. Committing extortion, blackmail or forcing a teacher or learner to act through the use or threat of force.
4. Committing an act that would be robbery or assault under the law if committed by an adult.
5. Performing or orchestrating any sexual act
6. Repeated suspension during the school year for causing or initiating willful disruption in the classroom, on school grounds or at school activities/events.

Category 2 Type 11 Disciplinary Actions/Sanctions

1. Charges filed with proper law enforcement authorities
2. Head Teacher/ Parent/Learner meeting
3. Parental contact and billing of parent for damages to school property
4. Recommendation for expulsion’
5. Denial of certificates or letters of recommendation
6. Mandatory suspension by Head Teacher followed by referral to the Head of Education Department and Chief Education Officer for expulsion.

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