Classification of Misdemeanours
It would be impossible to identify every single misdemeanour that may occur at a school. However,
examples of transgressions against normal good conduct are set out in four categories. The
categories of misdemeanour are ranked in order of seriousness, Category 1 being the least serious
whilst Category 4 is the most serious.
In all cases it must be remembered that each and every situation needs to be dealt within its
context, taking into consideration the circumstances of the transgression.
CATEGORY 1
1. Eating in class, the library, and other places where food is not allowed.
2. Late arrival for class, prep, sports and cultural practices, society meetings, assembly and/or any
other meeting without an acceptable excuse or reason.
3. Leaving before the permitted time for class, prep, sports practices, society meetings, assembly
and any other meetings without an acceptable excuse or reason.
4. Talking in class, assembly and during meetings being held by staff or other people in authority.
5. Hands in pockets when talking to staff members or other visitors to school.
6. Failure to carry out instructions given by a prefect for a member of staff.
7. Not standing up when speaking to staff or adults, not greeting staff, adults, prefects and sixth
formers.
8. Contravention of the dress code.
9. Not doing work assignments, homework or leaving the required books and/or work at home.
10. Littering or defacing of the image of the School.
11. Arguing with referees or unsportsmanlike conduct.
12. Not using the school official language (English) when speaking to teachers and fellow learners.
13. Any other petty transgression that does not have a direct impact on school property, other pupils
and/or members of the Happy Primary School community.
Demerits
First incident 1 demerits
Second incident 2 Demerits
Third incident 4 Demerits
CATEGORY 2
1. The selling of goods to school employees or fellow pupils without the express permission of the
Principal or the Deputy Headmaster.
2. Dyeing of the hair or having a non-standard hairstyle
4. There shall be no piercing of body parts, which are visible in the normal day to day uniform.
5. Engaging in dangerous horseplay in any built-up area in the school including:
classrooms (particularly the laboratories), corridors, change rooms, swimming pool area and hall.
6. Dishonesty by misrepresentation, selective presentation or omission of the truth.
7. Unauthorised absence from academic lessons, School fixtures, society meetings, sports practices,
assemblies or other official gatherings as deemed compulsory by the school staff or prefects.
8. Breach or disregard for safety rules or security regulations as set out in general, or those
pertaining to a particular area, for example the science laboratories, library, Music Centre or the
swimming pool area.
9. Unauthorized possession or use of any, or all, school property, or the property of others.
10. Disorderly/disruptive behaviour in the classroom, in the school area or on the sports field, which
is unacceptable to the norms as indicated earlier in the Code of Conduct.
11. Wilful disrespect to staff, employees, visitors, seniors and peers.
12. Refusal to obey a reasonable request and/or lawful instruction given by a member of staff or
prefect.
13. Driving a motor vehicle on the school property without having a valid Provisional or Driver’s
licence.
14. Driving/riding a motor vehicle and/or bicycle on or around the school property in a discourteous
manner.
15. Any form of initiation practice or ritual.
16. Any transgression which may negatively impact on school property, another pupil or another
member of the Happy Primary School community.
Demerits
First incident 2 Demerits
Second incident 4 Demerits
Third incident 6 Demerits
CATEGORY 3
1. The possession of fireworks, sharp objects or any other explosive devices without the expressed
permission of the Principal only.
2. Defiance of a member of staff, or insolence to a member of staff.
3. Possession or use of cigarettes or tobacco products while under school authority
or in places where the pupil can be clearly identified as a member of Happy Primary School.
4. Unauthorised absence from the school or the school grounds.
5. Copying from a fellow pupil in an examination or class test situation.
6. Endangering by personal or group action the property, health or safety of self or others.
7. Dishonesty by omission including lying to a member of staff.
8. Intentional damage to school or personal property including tampering with science laboratory
equipment, sound equipment, sports equipment, fire hydrants and other safety equipment.
9. Physical bullying, verbal bullying, intimidation of any sort, racial slurs, taunting or continuous
mocking of pupils or persons less fortunate than yourself including the use of racial epithets.
10. Repeated transgressions of all preceding category offences.
11. Any more serious transgression which may result in wanton damage to school property or
physical harm to another pupil, member of staff or the community as a whole.
12. Any abuse of the school’s IT infrastructure, wireless connectivity, email facilities and internet
services or social networking platforms.
Demerits
First incident 4 Demerits
Second incident 8 Demerits
Third incident 16 Demerits
CATEGORY 4
1. Unauthorised possession of dangerous weapons such as firearms, knives, spears and ammunition
of any sort.
2. Unauthorised possession of, or use of, alcohol, illegal drugs or intoxicating substances while under
school authority. This also includes any situation off campus where the pupil may be immediately
recognisable as a member of Happy Primary School.
3. Production, cultivation, trade in or use of alcohol, illegal drugs or other intoxicating substances at
the school or in its immediate environs.
4. An act or threat (serious or prank) of terrorism.
5. Unauthorised purposeful possession of school property or the personal property of another pupil
or staff member.
6. Bringing the good name of the school into serious disrepute.
7. Wilful sabotage of school property.
8. Sexual abuse or harassment or sexual assault of any kind of either a pupil or a member of staff.
9. Plagiarism or Intellectual Property Theft
10. Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, religious affiliation, or association.
11. Fraud or criminal deception or dishonesty, tantamount to theft, including the unauthorised use
of credit cards.
12. Any criminal activity, which may possibly result in a criminal conviction.
13. Repeated transgressions of the Category B and Category C offences.
14. Taking or manufacturing inappropriate photos and videos anywhere on campus or during any
school fixture or function.
15. Distribution of any inappropriate photos or videos on social media platforms.
16. Activities that puts the health and/or lives of others at risk - not following the school and national
health guidelines e.g. wearing of masks and social distancing.
Demerits
First incident 10 Demerits
Second incident 20 Demerits
The transgressions in this category are so serious in nature that the school may have to consider
whether the transgressor should remain a pupil of the school.
In addition, the Principal and/or the Deputy Headmaster reserve the right to request and/or carry
out any form of punishment or other corrective method within the legal parameters set by the
judiciary of Zimbabwe.
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