An Australian educational institution ban clapping in each assemblies as respect to people who are sensitive to noise.
New South Wales Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said the school instituted the policy to support a faculty member with a hearing disability.
According to NSW official, the new rule was implemented and introduced to respect the teachers with hearing condition that causes sensitivity to noise.
The Sydney school said the no-clapping policy aims to “reduces fidgetting” in every assembly.
In an interview with The Educator magazine, New South Wales Education Department spokesman said the clapping ban is only in place for school-wide assemblies, not all school events like plays, concerts or sporting events.
NSW department expressed that clapping was still allowed in other school events.
Meanwhile, Elanora Heights Public School, also announced the no-clapping policy in its latest newsletter.
“If you’ve been to a school assembly recently, you may have noticed our students doing silent cheers,” said in the published newsletter.
The school statement also said instead of clapping, the students are free to punch the air, pull excited faces and wriggle about on the spot.
The clapping ban was out amid the celebration of “hugs and Australia day.”