Without authorization, the MOE prohibits photographing kids on school grounds.


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The Ministry of Education has made it illegal to photograph male and female pupils, as well as instructors and administrative personnel, on school grounds unless a number of requirements are met.

These criteria include the school principal’s written approval in a defined form produced for the purpose, as well as notification and coordination with the school’s media coordinator.

According to the ministry’s guide of regulations for taking photographs inside school grounds, it is mandatory to obtain written consent from parents at the start of each academic year for the designated photo shoot of school events and class activities of boy students at all school levels, and girl students in the elementary level, inside the school grounds. The General Department for Information and Communications issued the advice on behalf of the ministry.

The government stated that photography of school project works of female pupils in the intermediate and secondary levels is permitted.

The government has given the school media coordinator the sole responsibility of photographing activities on school grounds. The school principal must give an official letter of assignment for this purpose. These include photographing key school events, tournaments, and the school’s successes.

The ministry’s new guidelines forbid snapping images of male and female students and publishing them in personal accounts on social media sites. A sign board should be put prominently at the school entrance declaring that photography is not permitted unless official authorization is obtained in line with the attached format provided in the rules guide.

The ministry also said that external parties are not permitted to take pictures on school grounds unless they acquire formal permission from the Department of Education’s Educational Media Department. To conduct photo shoots inside the school grounds, the outside party must obtain an official media license from the Ministry of Media or a permission to perform a profession for educational reasons, according to the ministry.

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