Thursday 22 August, 2019

Garcia wants extended suspension of four Chaguanas North Students

Education Minister Anthony Garcia is seeking to extend the suspension of four students of the Chaguanas North Secondary School for “scratch bomb-related infractions”.

Garcia, Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan and other officials of the Ministry met with the Principal, the four students and their parents as well as the Principal of the Barataria South Secondary School, the school in which a teacher was assaulted relating to the incendiary devices.

During the meeting held at the Ministry’s Head Office on Wednesday morning, the conversation was steered to understand the reasons for the students bringing these explosives to school and blatantly ignoring the numerous calls highlighting the dangers and prohibition of the explosives.

Minister Garcia called on the Chaguanas North principal to prepare and submit requests for extended suspension of all four students for his consideration.

The meeting revealed that the Student Support Services Division will intervene as there were some social challenges that were causing the students, ranging from forms 1-5, to behave in the way that they did.

Absent from the meeting was the student of the Barataria South Secondary School who is currently on extended suspension and under the charge of the Student Support Services Division.

A subsequent meeting is to be held and a final decision taken on what happens next with the individual. The Minister, during the dialogue, reiterated the role of parents in ensuring that students adhere to school rules that are established for their own personal safety.

Both principals highlighted their augmented school safety plans and will be working closely with the School Supervision Division to ensure that their schools return to the usual state of normalcy.


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