Eat quietly to stop ‘decay’ (Uzbekistan)

A code of conduct for students has been issued by Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty described the rules as a government attempt to keep students in check. The code lays out guidelines for matters such as how to shake hands with professors and the correct time to take lavatory breaks during classes. The code, which must be signed by all students and scholars, also bans religious clothing and prohibits students from uploading content that is “not in line with national values” to internet sites such as YouTube. It instructs students not to be “noisy when taking meals” and not to walk around campus “with no reason”. The code states that it aims to “prevent the decay of students”, and the government claims that it is part of a drive to tackle extremism and drug addiction.

Source: Times Higher Education