Monday 6 July, 2020

Garcia: Security guard at fault in teacher's stabbing

A security guard is being blamed for an unapproved person entering the compound of the St Pius Boys RC School, and stabbing a teacher multiple times on Monday.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia revealed this in response to the urgent question posed to him on the matter, by Opposition Senator Wade Mark.

45-year-old Norma Maharaj of Arouca, was said to be stabbed by a man over a land dispute.

In response to the question, Minister Garcia said protocol was not followed which allowed the suspect to enter the compound.

He said in terms of entry and exit, a security guard ought to be the first point of contact at schools across the country. The officer must first question the reason for the person’s visit to the school and if he/she is convinced that the business is legitimate, should then escort the visitor to the Principal’s office.

However, Minister Garcia said in this case, that did not occur.

“There was a breach in protocol arrangements that are in place for all our schools. What had happened was simply a breach in the protocol with respect to the security officer.”

Meanwhile, Garcia assured that the necessary counselling services were being provided to students and teachers.

“Counselling services were provided and continue to be provided by a team of guidance officers and social workers of the Student Support Services Division of the Ministry of Education who visited the school yesterday and met with the students and provided counselling and intervention services.

Further, personnel from the Employee Assistance Prorgramme also visited and provided support for members of staff. Follow up services for students and teachers will be provided as the need arises.”

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