Party calls for more discipline in schools

The right-wing Swiss People's Party has adopted a resolution in favour of a return to "conservative values" such as discipline and hard work in schools.

This content was published on August 23, 2008 - 15:47

Party delegates unanimously backed the move at a congress on Saturday focusing on teaching.

Party leader Toni Brunner talked of a lack of discipline in classrooms and more violence on playgrounds - a "resounding failure" of current scholastic and educational theories.

"It is high time to restore order in the educational and pedagogical chaos and introduce a conservative turning point in education policies," he said.

The resolution was adopted by 332 votes. The party will now develop a policy based on the principle of parents as educators and schools as trainers of children.

It will call for fixed objectives for students during the school year, compulsory lessons for foreign pupils whose language skills are not up to scratch and special classes for children with serious learning difficulties.

Teachers should have efficient methods for maintaining discipline and should exclude pupils if necessary, the resolution states.

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