Education minister addresses secondary school principals on violence in schools
The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, on Wednesday March 14th pledged its full support to Secondary School Principals in their efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour in schools.
Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Honourable Petter Saint Jean told principals, his ministry would support their disciplinary measures as long as they conformed to the Education Act of (1997).
Honourable Saint Jean also called on parents to reclaim control of their children, adding that violence in schools was a wider societal problem.
Mr. Saint Jean’s meeting with the principals was part of a series of consultations, organised by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development with principals, teachers, parents and students of secondary schools.
Education officials and principals reviewed an action plan developed to improve security, student discipline and classroom management in secondary schools by June 2013.
Increased numbers of security officers, improved school and classroom supervision, and training for teachers in conflict resolution and classroom management are among measures proposed by the ministry.
Senior education officials have already met with parents, teachers and students of the Dominica Grammar School, and the Portsmouth Secondary School, and will next week meet with stakeholders at the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School and the North East Comprehensive School.