Warning to kids: Weekend detention is now a real option

WEEKENDS will be a privilege and not a right for all Queensland public school students when they return to class next week, as the state government hands principals a suite of new powers.

In a response to the increase in cyber-bullying complaints and allegations, students will face punishment for online misdeeds even if they occur after hours.

Principals will also have the option of handing a student Saturday detention or forcing them to do a form of community service.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the changes will allow schools to deal with unruly behaviour "quickly and effectively".

Also included in the Strengthening Discipline in Queensland State Schools strategy was a stretching of suspension limits beyond five days to up to 20 days.

"This new legislation is aimed at reducing exclusions and suspensions by giving principals a greater scope to find alternatives for individual student situations," Mr Langbroek said.

Schools will face an audit before the end of 2014 to ensure a "strong, fair and consistent" use of the new powers.



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