Your right to be part of decision-making at school
If you’re a high school student and want to initiate changes in your school, you have the right to be heard and take part in the school’s decision-making. You can have a say about that much needed investment in the school’s football field, the planned field-trips or the cultural activities that will be organized over the year, or the community support initiatives that the school will be involved with.
The Ministry of Education’s Administrative Instruction on Extracurricular Activities obliges secondary schools to create Student Councils, consisted of representatives from each class group. This is the first layer in which your voice can be heard. The Student Councils and their representative bodies need to be independently-elected. An elected representative of the Student Council also mingles and makes important decisions with the adults as a member of the school’s Steering Council.
According to the Administrative Instruction on Extracurricular Activities, each class within the school has to elect a class representative for the Student Council. The Student Council should create a headship consisting of five members and a chairman. Both the members of the headship and the chairman are to be elected by secret ballot. The school director or the school Steering Council do not have the right to interfere in the process.