10-year jail, 1 million riyal fine for assaulting teacher in Saudi Arabia


10-year jail, 1 million riyal fine for assaulting teacher in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh - Ministry of Education takes strict measures to prevent attacks on teacher and staff members.

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Published: Thu 25 Jan 2018, 6:45 PM

Physically assaulting a teacher or any staff member of a school will be a punishable crime, resulting in 10 years in prison, or a fine of 1 million Saudi Riyal (Dh979,520), or both.
The statement came from the Minister of Education Ahmed Al-Issa on Monday during a debate on strategic guidelines to protect educational institutions and their staff. "Any physical attack against any of the ministry's staff will be considered a homicidal crime that warrants imprisonment and fine," Makkah newspaper reported.
Replying to a question regarding appointing bodyguards in boys and girls schools, the minister said it was under consideration.
"We are planning to install more surveillance cameras in schools at all educational levels," adding that the guidelines were prepared in consultation with legal experts with necessary revisions made to it by the ministry's legal department, the Saudi Gazette reported.
The ministry also stated that a set of guidelines will also be formulated for staff members of educational institutions to build a culture of mutual respect and positive interaction.
Recently, a video of a teacher beating up a student in Saudi went viral on social media, prompting authorities to take immediate action against the teacher.

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