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Union backs power to school principals expelling students

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:28, Category: General

The Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) has welcomed a choice to present state university principals the power to expel troublesome college students.

The State Government wants laws constantly in place to give principals the energy to expel misbehaving college students.

Currently principals can suspend pupils but only advise expulsion.

QTU spokesman Steve Ryan says the change is extended overdue.

"It can help in terms of having rid of the bureaucracy to some extent and enabling schools to make decisions at their nearby web sites," he stated.

"It's one thing that we think should've been in place for many years now anyway - bureaucratic processes have stopped that and we consider this is a very good move forward.

"It enables action being taken quite easily and I think it also means that principals and college communities also can function together to enhance the behaviour of college students at that distinct university."

Nonetheless, Queensland Council of Parents and Citizens Association (QCPCA) spokeswoman Margaret Black says expulsion should only be a last resort.

"Who in fact symptoms off to us is truly just a signature on a piece of paper - what we actually help may be the reality that previous to it gets to this point, we would definitely be wanting mom and dad being incorporated in conversations around the simple fact of problems with their kid," she said.

"Consultation to us is a lot more essential than who signs for the piece of paper."

The legislation will likely be released into Parliament this week.

ABC News

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