Beginning next year, any form of verbal abuse inflicted by teachers on their students within classrooms will be banned as the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education sets out its guidelines to better protect the rights of students.
Topics off limits are a student’s appearance, family background, academic records and sensitive issues that could embarrass them. Instead of corporal punishment, students who misbehave or violate school rules will be subject to writing repentant reports or doing voluntary service.
Also in the guidelines, schools will not be able to “designate” the hair style, fashion, and other aspects of the appearance of students. Teachers’ standing guard at the main gates of schools to check for inappropriate dress and hairstyles in the morning will no longer be allowed.
If necessary, examining a student’s belongings will be allowed, but conducted by same-sex teachers to avoid embarrassment if personal items are disclosed to the public.
Such guidelines will be finalized no later than next month to come into effect in March of next year.