Sunday 29 November, 2020

Grenville Phillips II has a solution for crime — Fix school curricula

Grenville Phillips II at the Valley Resource Centre on Nomination Day, October 26.

Grenville Phillips II at the Valley Resource Centre on Nomination Day, October 26.

Grenville Phillips believes that the way to solve the crime situation in Barbados lies with addressing the failures within the school system.

President of Solutions Barbados political party and candidate running in the St George North by-election, Phillips II told Loop News:

"The root cause of violence is the secondary school curriculum. It leaves most of our graduates with low self-esteem and self-worth, no legal employment prospects, and no hope to succeed in life."

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Over the weekend, a 20-year-old man died after being shot multiple times about his body. The Giles Road, St Michael resident was reportedly riding a bicycle along King Street when the shooting occurred. He died on the spot.

His killing was the 35th murder of 2020. His death came days after a police-involved shooting in Flagstaff, St Michael that left a 25-year-old man dead. It was reported that he and others exited a vehicle with guns after a police chase ended in a dead-end street. More than 20 of the unnatural deaths recorded this year involved guns.

As many in the society lament the fact that the convicted criminals, the accused, and the deceased in gun-involved crimes of recent are in most cases between 16 years old and 25 years old, Phillips said that a greater effort must be made to save the youth and direct them off such a path.

He said that for Solutions Barbados, it is more than words:

"We plan to address these issues with a Finishing School to address the self-esteem and self-worth issue, and training to start and grow a profitable business to address their need for money. Concurrently, we plan to advocate for an improved secondary school curriculum in the House of Assembly."

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