Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Association calls for more security at schools

The Association of Denominational Boards of Education is condemning the second attack of school personnel within a four-month period this year.

The statement comes as a teacher of the St Pius Boys RC School was assaulted in her classroom on May 13. She is currently warded at the Mt Hope Hospital as a result. Meanwhile, in February this year, the principal of the Tunapuna Hindu School was assaulted on the school compound.

“The members of the Association strongly uphold the right of staff and students in our schools to a safe and secure environment,” the association noted.

It said the Ministry of Education is responsible for the provision of security services in public primary schools, both Government and Denominational. The statement further noted that the Ministry provides these services through the National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited (MTS).

According to the release, the association held a meeting with Education Minister Anthony Garcia on March 29, where it stressed the need for more security on educational compounds.

“The recent events in schools have drawn attention to the possible need for additional security personnel to facilitate escort of visitors on the premises. We reiterate this observation and once again, request that the Minister and staff review the existing security arrangements and provide the resources necessary to ensure the safety and security of all persons within the schools’ compound as well as that of the physical plant.”

The Association wished an “uneventful” recovery to Mrs Maharaj.

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