Zurich city council has approved tougher measures for unruly school kids, allowing them to be expelled for up to three months.

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Expelling kids made easier in Zurich

Zurich city council has approved tougher measures for unruly school kids, allowing them to be expelled for up to three months.

The new sanctions will be applied by schools in cases where pupils’ behaviour is considered unacceptable, the daily newspaper 20 Minuten said.

Up to now, unruly students could be expelled only for a maximum of four weeks. During this break, they are taught classes and are supported through education programs, the Zurich city council ruled.

As part of the measures, even the parents – who authorities say have not fulfilled their obligations in their children’s education – must attend parent education courses.

ZURICH

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic. 

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