DOHA: A teacher at a private school who handed pills to four students to apparently relieve exam stress has been dismissed after an investigation.
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education said in a release that it has conducted a detailed investigation into the incident.
“The administration of the concerned private school dismissed the teacher and terminated her services, in conformity with the regulations preventing any teacher from distributing medicines to students except by the school nurse and after referring to the parents,” the Ministry said.
The Ministry stated that the investigation had covered “all parties concerned with this unfortunate and isolated incident, including the teacher, the school administration, a random sample of students, as well as the students who took the pills”.
“They all confirmed that the incident was the first and had never happened before. Information was shared with the competent authorities at the Ministry of Interior that joined the investigation and a laboratory examination of the pills was conducted. The results showed that the pills are free from narcotics and prohibited substances.”
The Ministry indicated that following strict instructions to enforce all regulations to ensure the safety of students, the act of the teacher was individual, stressing that it would never tolerate such a behaviour. The Ministry reassured parents and all stakeholders in the education sector on the sound health and safety of the school environment.
“The Ministry of Education and Higher Education hereby calls on everyone to establish direct communication with the Ministry to verify the authenticity of the remarks made by the public and to launch the appropriate investigations. The Ministry welcomes all comments and inquiries via the Ministry’s website and social media platforms, or by calling the hotline 155,” the Ministry said.