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Legal requirements for school rules and disciplinary sanctions

R. Roos
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 68, No 4 | a353 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v68i4.353 | © 2003 R. Roos | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2003 | Published: 01 August 2003

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R. Roos, Faculty of Law, Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa

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The new educational dispensation has created some uncertainty regarding the application and formulation of school rules, lawful disciplinary measures and procedural requirements for discipline in schools. This contribution is aimed at providing a legal framework for lawful school rules, as well as for the interpretation and application of school rules. The legal framework is assessed from a reformational frame of reference, which includes taking a stand regarding the state and its functions. The discussion focuses on phenomena such as education, discipline and order. The requirements for lawful disciplinary measures are also addressed. The conclusion is that the drastic changes to the system afford Christian governing bodies and educators the opportunity to promote true discipleship within the parameters of the law.


Code Of Conduct; Lawful Disciplinary Measures; Lawful School Rules; Legal Requirements; Schools Act


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