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Gopeesingh ‘hurt’ by school violence

Tuesday, March 25 2014

THE Education Ministry will focus on school violence as it engages in a consultation with parents on the issue of “Parenting in Education”, Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said yesterday at a consultation at the Rudranath Capildeo Learning Resource Centre (RCLRC) in McBean Village, Couva

Gopeesingh said he was “very unhappy” about incidences of school violence. He said it was critically important that the ministry receive parents’ views on school violence as well as other areas in order to help the ministry draft a way forward through recommendations. He stated that the ministry tries to implement a number of recommendations from national and international research and consultations, going back as far as 1985, but school violence is still a problem.

Gopeesingh recognised that parents would be concerned about their children’s safety. “It is my responsibility as Minister of Education to provide a safe surrounding for your children and I would not shirk my responsibility in enuring that to the best of my ability and to the work of the Ministry of Education,” he said.

Last week, fights involving female students were recorded and uploaded to several social network websites, going viral in a matter of hours. Also, students were charged for possession of marijuana and fighting. In addition, a man is now on the run after molesting several primary school children.

During the consultation, parents complained that Government removed corporal punishment from schools but did not implement proper disciplinary systems. They made several suggestions to remedy the shift including having a disciplinarian at each school who is a retired regiment or police officer.

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