Parents should not interfere with school discipline

The case in which a parent took a school to court for disciplining his errant son is yet another example of parental interference that seeks to subvert the school's authority (Parent sues school over confiscated mobile phone; June 7).

This parent needs to think about the values he is imparting to his child.

What is to stop this parent from bailing his son out over far worse misdemeanours in future?

As with the judicial system, schools impose harsh penalties for a reason - to not only punish the offender but also to serve as a strong deterrent to others.

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Maintaining school discipline is essential for order and a conducive learning environment to be established, and also to ensure that the right values and socially acceptable behaviour are cultivated in students.

Kudos to the courts and District Judge Clement Julien Tan for dismissing the parent's claim as "untenable" and for ruling in favour of the school principal, whose responsibility is to oversee student discipline based on regulations.

I hope it also sends an explicit message that the court's time and resources should not be needlessly wasted this way.

Maintaining school discipline is essential for order and a conducive learning environment to be established, and also to ensure that the right values and socially acceptable behaviour are cultivated in students.

If the parent remains unappeased, there is always the option of enrolling his son in another school or even homeschooling him.

Perhaps, the most prudent course of action would simply be to trust the school's efforts in helping the son learn to take responsibility for his actions.

Marietta Koh (Mrs)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2017, with the headline 'Parents should not interfere with school discipline'. Print Edition | Subscribe