10 weird school rules from around the world that you won’t believe are actually real

There is no doubt that there are billions of memories associated with the word school. We just miss this moment, even the silly rules and regulations that had to be followed.

However, there are some weird school rules in the world that might shock you. From not letting you make friends to mopping and scrubbing the toilet, here are some of the weirdest school rules around!

1. Students cannot make best friends at school.

It’s true! Friends play an important role in our school life. However, can you imagine if your school forbade having best friends? No right? Well, Thomas’s Battersea, a UK-based school, banned have best friends to protect students’ feelings.

2. Students cannot raise their hands during a lesson.

Samworth Church Academy in Nottinghamshire banned the age-old practice of raising their hands to answer a question while the same group of students continued to raise their hands and this did not encourage the other students in the class.

3. Teachers cannot use a red ink pen to mark students’ homework.

Remember how our entire notebooks were filled with red marks by our teachers? Well, Mounts Bay Academy in Cornwall banned teachers to use a red pen to grade homework because it is apparently a “negative” color. They were asked to use green ink pens instead.

4. A school has placed a contact ban on students.

A London high school had banned its students from all forms of physical contact, including hugs, handshakes and high-fives in order to prevent bullying.

5. Students are not allowed to eat ketchup at school.

France officially banned the tomato condiment of all school and college canteens because of its high sugar content. They also imposed the rule that students can only enjoy fries once a week. Interestingly, schoolchildren are not allowed to bring home-prepared food to school in France.

6. Students are only allowed to use the restroom three times per semester.

Evergreen High School in Chicago limit the number of times a student is allowed to use the restroom. Yes, you read that right. This school allows its students to use the restroom only three times per semester so that they don’t miss their classes. In case they miss class, they have to make up the missed teaching time after school.

7. A school has banned students from running during recess at school.

Remember how we used to jump with excitement as soon as the period bell rang at school? An unnamed school had imposed a “no running policy during school holidays” on its students. What?

8. Students clean their own classrooms and toilets at school.

Cleaning one’s own classroom is a part Japanese school education. Not only do they clean the classrooms, but they also serve lunch and even clean the restrooms so that students become responsible citizens as they grow.

9. A school banned its students from using acronyms in their yearbooks.

Birmingham Falls Primary School in Milton do his students sign a pledge stating that they would not use acronyms like “LOL” and “OMG” when signing yearbooks. SMH!

10. Students are prohibited from winning at school.

This rule wins the “weirdest school rule” trophy! In order to prevent anyone’s feelings from being hurt, schools across the UK banned winner. Instead, they give prizes to the two winners so the students aren’t pitted against each other.

We bet now that you don’t think your school was really strict, do you?

Martha K. Merrill