Al Ain school staff sacked for hitting boy

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Al Ain school staff sacked for hitting boy
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Abu Dhabi - This is a second video to emerge in a row since another one on Wednesday showed a teacher hitting a student in class.


Asma Ali Zain

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Published: Fri 16 Oct 2015, 12:12 AM

Last updated: Fri 16 Oct 2015, 10:45 AM

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) has terminated a laboratory assistant with immediate effect after a video of a child being hit by the school staff emerged on Thursday.
This is a second video to emerge in a row since another one on Wednesday showed a teacher hitting a student in class.
"The decision on terminating the service of the school staff has been implemented with immediate effect without a need for his services during the notice period," tweeted Adec Director-General Dr Amal Al Qubaisi.
Also read: Ajman teacher slaps student, suspended as video goes viral
Adec, in its capacity as the regulatory entity for private schools in the emirate, will not issue any notification of reappointment of the staff, who is a laboratory technician, in the future, she said in the tweet. Therefore, she said, he will not work again in the field of education in Abu Dhabi, be that in government or private schools.
"On being informed, I immediately ordered an investigation, and thereafter, necessary measures were taken against the lab technician, who has allegedly violated the regulations of conduct, and behaved in a way unworthy of our society, its values and morals, as well as overstepped the provisions provided in the law governing Emirati rights," she told Wam.
Citing the law on the protection of children, Dr Amal said that it calls for protection of both Emirati and expatriate children and provide them with required care including their growth in a sound environment that qualifies them in the future to become effective and productive in their societies.
The video that was widely circulated on social media on Thursday showed the male staff turning to hit a child sitting behind him during a visit to a health clinic at Al Heer neighbourhood in Al Ain. Another male member, who also appears to be staff, is seen getting up from his seat to stop the child from being hit.
"Incidents of assaults on students remain isolated violations and are alien to educational institutions, as our teachers are sincere and devoted as well as concerned about the wellbeing of students."
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Education suspended a teacher in Ajman when a video, apparently made by a student, showed him hitting another child on the back of the head and right cheek.

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