Thursday 21 March, 2019

PTA agrees with police; no student loitering!

FILE - Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Associations Inc. President, Shone Gibbs

FILE - Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Associations Inc. President, Shone Gibbs

Police are being backed by the Head of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Associations Inc. in their call for children to go straight home when the school year ends today.

The police issued a statement saying that they will not condone or tolerate student loitering in The City or other areas outside of Bridgetown.

Speaking to Loop News, President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Associations Inc. (BNCPTA), Shone Gibbs said:

“We give our full support to the Royal Barbados Police Force and encourage all parents to do the same.”

With some readers on social media saying that the warning by police does not take into account the freedom of assembly, Gibbs asserted, “It is for the safety and welfare of our children.” 

He called on parents to accept some responsibility and make provisions for their children at school today. “Outside of structured after-school activities, parents are responsible for their children if parents are working late and children would lack adequate supervision if they will be home alone, they should make suitable arrangements including their safe transport to home or to a relative or neighbour until they arrive home.”

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But he also said that some of the onus is on the students as well to make their way home. “Children should also be held accountable for not heading home after school. Their parents should inform them that loitering anywhere will mot be tolerated and it is illegal to do so.

“On the issue accountability again, children should connect with their parents upon their arrival at home.”

With the summer vacation starting officially tomorrow, he went further and asked parents to put in place measures for the continued development and safety of their children between now and the start of the next school year.

“Parents and guardians are also encouraged to ensure that during the holidays adequate provision is made for the safety and wholesome engagement of their children.

“Let's have fun but we would want to welcome all our students back to school to continue their exciting educational journey. And to all students make and effort to do some reading in preparation for the new school year.”

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