Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Updated security protocols after teacher stabbed at school

Security and entry protocols at the St Pius Boys R.C. School in Arouca have been reviewed after an incident in which an unauthorised visitor made his way onto the schools compound and stabbed a teacher in full view of students.

An investigation is currently underway to determine why protocols were not followed.

Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said interim recommendations have been made to increase security at the school. 

The following is to be implemented at the school: mandatory interrogation of all visitors by security and security escorts for all visitors, as well as discussions to be held with security provider MTS to review training for all officers.

Meanwhile, to ensure that the necessary counselling is afforded to teachers and students who may have witnessed the attack, the services of the Student Support Services Division and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) have been made available.

Pressed further on the adequacy of the security offered at schools across the country, Garcia said most schools use individual security firms, and it is the responsibility of each firm to ensure its security personnel undergo rigorous training. The Minister said he has been assured by these firms that this is done.

Asked whether there was a need to increase the ratio of security personnel to entry and exit points around school compounds, he said the situation will be addressed as the need arises.

"We have protocols in place for entry and exit of personnel in our schools. In our estimation, these are adequate. However, in some instances there will be breaches to these protocols and as a result there will be a need to review it, as in the case of the St Pius Boys’ RC School

We are reviewing those protocols," he concluded.

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