The Press 18/08/2009
The Government plans to curb schoolyard misbehaviour as new figures reveal a growing number of attacks on teachers and pupils. Ministry of Education figures released yesterday show expulsions as a result of physical assaults on other pupils rose from 9.4 per cent of all expulsions in 2000 to 25.3 per cent last year. Expulsions for assaults on staff have increased from 3.1 per cent of the total in 2000 to 6.5 per cent last year. Last year, 15,930 pupils were stood down a total of 20,279 times. The rate of stand-downs 28.5 pupils per 1,000 was lower than in 2007 but equal or higher than in five of the previous eight years.