Saturday 28 November, 2020

Education Minister responds to viral video with student and teacher

(FILE) Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw

(FILE) Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw has promised that the "appropriate professional intervention" will be applied to a viral video of an exchange between a teacher and a student. 

The Minister of Education expressed she was equally "outraged" by the video which is circulating on social media and held that the behaviour exhibited was unacceptable. 

"I must point out that while we are only privy to a small part of what could possibly be a longer video. I must say that the type of behaviour witnessed is not acceptable. It was neither funny nor demonstrative of who we are as a people or who we must allow ourselves to be or even to become," the Minister of Education remarked. 

While commending the teacher for his firm stance in dealing with the student, Bradshaw said the delivery of the message could have been different. 

"I would have preferred a better choice of language used to engage the student," said the education minister.

In the viral video, the student is heard threatening and provoking the teacher by saying "come and touch me"  and "when I done with you, you gine can't read . . . swell up those two eyes for yuh". Bradshaw strongly chastised the student's behaviour and maintained that the Ministry of Education will be addressing the incident. 

"I absolutely condemn the tone and attitude of the student and wish to reaffirm that while this Ministry will always seek to protect the rights of students at all times so too do we denounce any implicit threats to the wellbeing of our teachers. 

"Clearly there are behavioural and respect for authority issues exhibited in the video and I can assure you the Ministry will ensure that there is appropriate professional intervention to assist all the parties involved 

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