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Question: Should the school charge detention fee?
Pro - Paul
If people do not follow the instruction for the first time, then it is no problem since the school could teach them not to do it again. However, if this repeats multiple times, then there is a serious issue. Detentions are issued to the students after the precaution is given by the school. For instance, the students are not simply given a detention by being tardy once, but actually three times. And as for North Star, where the most detention is being issued, there is grace given to students, as the proctor allows for up to one week behind in the course. The detention is given not to harm the students, but rather stimulate them to avoid making the same misconduct.
In the past, detention was not taken serious by the students, as it just meant that the students had to come to school on Saturday to serve an hour or two. The best solution as for the school to put significance was to charge ₩25,000. Of course, the school does not want to charge money on student, as it involves their parents as well. However, this is the optimal way to inform the parents to have their children to avoid making the mistakes again. As a matter of fact, according to Mr. Havill, the number of detentions received this year was significantly less than the previous years.
Con - Josh
Our school should not be charging the ₩25,000 fee as a punishment for receiving a detention. Not only is it rare for a school to make students who have detentions pay a certain amount of fee, but it can also become very personal and stressful for a few.
I agree that students should not even be getting detentions in the first place, or at least try to avoid them. It is their fault for either making a teacher angry or breaking the rules. However, we must acknowledge that detention is THE punishment for whatever a student has done wrong. There shouldn’t be any secondary punishments—especially monetary punishments—unless the offence is repeated or contains violence. Students are here to learn from their mistakes. Schools should be preparing students for a better future, not making their lives harder by adding to the financial burden that they might be facing. If schools want students to take detentions more seriously, they should find another way to do so.
Some families struggle to send their children to an international school, but they might not have much choice. The school should deal with the students directly, not by having their parents involved monetarily. Should the school have a problem, it should lower the detention, at the very least.