Wednesday, November 28, 2007

On the news

Dutch quell school hours protest
Twenty-eight school students will face public order charges in Amsterdam, following street protests. Police clashed with about 1,000 teenagers on Monday, using water cannon to disperse the crowd. Police spokesman said 28 were briefly detained and would face charges for public order offences. Students oppose a new statutory annual minimum of 1,040 hours of classes.

Fury as long-haired son suspended
15-year-old suspended from school for refusing to cut his long hair. The student was suspended for three days last week. Upon his return, he was excluded from class for still not getting a hair cut. His father said: "They put him in a room and threw work at him, no contact with anyone. This is Northern Ireland in 2007. Solitary confinement, I think it's called."

Concern at pupil data microchips
A secondary school in Doncaster has been trying out a scheme where pupils' records are accessible via a microchip embedded in their school uniform. The school says the microchip is not a tracking device.

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