Friday 23 October, 2020

Search students' bags on school premises

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Children continue to be caught with weapons at school and some persons in education feel that this issue is not being addressed.

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Redman said that the fact that weapons are making their way onto school premises is creating fear at the schools amongst teachers and students.

This is why she insisted that it has to become more pressing for school bags to be searched as a measure of precaution.

"Many compounds are large with ample hiding spaces, but the action may stave off a disaster,” she said as she addressed members of her Union at Solidarity House yesterday.

Teachers, she said, must be ever conscious of the rising level of crime and must protect and secure themselves

She asserted that she is concerned like other Barbadians that the increase in crime, more so gun-related incidences continue to rise, noting that teachers are becoming scared for their safety.

According to Redman, it is time that the Ministry of Education addresses the problem at its source, and she suggested among other things, placing guidance counsellors in primary schools and increasing the number of guidance counsellors at secondary schools.

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