Primary school principals are asking Education Minister Anthony Garcia, whether he intends to arm them with batons and bulletproof vests.
This question, they say, is in response to the minister's statement that principals should take responsibility, along with security guards, for manning the school gates.
The principals say the Education Minister is misinterpreting the Education Act which speaks to school security.
Primary school students from the Diego Martin West constituency enjoyed a viewing of the highly-acclaimed movie Black Panther at the Digicel Imax theatre with Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley yesterday.
The Standard Five students of St Peter’s (Point Cumana) RC, Point Cumana Government, La Puerta Government, St John’s (Diego Martin) Girls RC and Diego Martin Boys RC were brimming with excitement throughout the much-anticipated outing.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says a committee has been set-up to find ways of reducing the weight of school bags carried by primary and secondary school students.
The Minister made the announcement during a news conference in Port-of-Spain today, saying that Trinidad and Tobago is already way above internationally-accepted standards and that serious health issues have already arisen.
The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) president Lynsley Doodhai said there will be serious consequences for those who continue to ignore school policies on bullying.
“Of course, we frown on any incident of bullying that takes place in the nation’s schools,” he said
Doodhai said the Ministry of Education had very clear protocols for the safety and security of students and anti-bullying initiatives have been introduced.
Principals are responsible for the safety of students in schools and can be disciplined for breaches, Education Minister Anthony Garcia warned yesterday.
The minister, who admitted that he is concerned about gaps in systems to address bullying in schools, was commenting about a recent incident in which a Standard Three pupil of the Munroe Road Government Primary School was attacked by a group of older schoolmates. The ten-year-old victim was beaten and dragged and suffered injuries to his stomach, legs, arms, head and face.