School Regulations and policies

It is imparative  for a professional institution to have set of standards of behavior for its members. SOS high School like any other school and institutions has guiding regulations & policies which needs to be followed by students.

Academic Policy

Foreword

It is the culture of the schol to promote effective teaching and learning and positive attitudes and work practices for educators as well as learners. This  culture is born of the vision of the school which is “to be a school of choice through excellence”. Therefore, this academic policy is an effort to realize the vision by providing guidelines on teachers’ and learners’ conduct during lessons. This is key in providing a teaching and learning environment where learners are challenged to perfom to their atmost. Furthurmore, it outlines guidelines for assessment of learners to ensure academic excellence.

Learners conduct

Learners should:

  • Attend all classes and be punctual
  • Take their education seriously and should have high academic expectations
  • Develop a positive attitude towards school, teachers and all subjects they do
  • concetrate in classes so they undersatand what is being taught
  • Participate actively during lessons so they enjoy the lesson which may in turn improve thier learning outcomes.
  • Not disrupt teaching and learning with cellphones, should it happen, educators has a right to confiscate it.
  • not eat and or drink in the classroom during lessons

Admission policy

As a rule, the school admits new students only in Form 1 and Form 4 (provided there is available space). Priority shall always be given to learners from the vicinity of the school and biological or foster children of staff members of SOS high school. Since the school is co – educational, effort shall be made to enroll approximately equal numbers of girls and boys.

Learners seeking admission must have passed the Eswatini Primary Certificate (EPC), or Junior Certificate (JC) examinations for Form1 and 4, respectively. Admission is usually competitive, so spaces are generally taken up on merit basis. A selection tool may be used to select the required quota of learners. This does not, in any way, suggest that space is reserved for learners with high academic aptitude.

Inclusivity

It shall be the policy of the school to admit all learners irrespective of gender, life circumstances or disability. Every effort shall be made to remove attitudinal and physical barriers to inclusive education. Nonetheless, in trying to implement this policy, the school will not stretch itself beyond its capacity. Our classrooms were designed to accommodate not more than 40 learners.

Method of applying

Form 1

The Ministry of Education through the Heads of school supplies application forms. Completed forms, preferably with a copy of the trial examination report must reach the principal of SOS high school not later than the end of the Second Term.

Form 4

In Form 4 our students will have preference over those from other schools. All students who are in Form 3 must re-apply for admission into Form 4 and will be accepted on the condition stipulated on the provisional acceptance Form. A student’s disciplinary record will be considered at admission. Students who do not apply for admission into Form 4 shall be deemed to have left the school on their own accord.

NB: All new learners shall pay E50 Admission fee. This money is meant to cater for expenses incurred during the admission process (Circular 8 of 2018)

Discipline

Discipline is an important component of school life. The school shall always strive to promote a culture of positive discipline which helps children take responsibility for making good decisions and understand why these decisions are in their best interests.

The following actions, among others, shall constitute a breach of the learners’ code of conduct:

  1. Unreported absence / absenteeism
  2. Failure to do school work e.g. Homework
  3. Bunking classes
  4. Vandalism
  5. Graffiti on walls, white boards, notice boards, furniture etc.
  6. Bullying
  7. Theft
  8. Late coming
  9. Tempering with anothers learner’s property
  10. Disrespect towards a teacher or another learner

The parent/guardian of a learner who has commited any of the above offences shall be invited to the school and formally be informed of the misconduct. The offender, in the presence of the parent, shall be made to sign a declaration that the misconduct shall not be repeated. Should a learner continue to  commit any of the above offences, a suspension or expulsion may be recommended.