Cumberland High teachers stage sit-in amid alleged attacks by students

Donovan Edwards, a teacher at Cumberland High and Deputy Superintendent Neville Knight


Teachers at Cumberland High School in Portmore, St. Catherine staged a sit-in on Monday.
They are reportedly restive because of a series of attacks by students.
Teacher Donovan Edwards said the latest incident occurred on Friday when the principal was physically attacked by a female student after he attempted to discipline her. The student also retaliated by throwing a stone into the principal's car.
"It has reached a point where we have decided enough is enough because parents are also supporting the children and we have no form of control or authority over the students here. Any time a teacher tries to discipline a student, we are told expletives, students become very confrontational and then they go out and damage our vehicles. Several teachers' vehicles have been damaged in recent times," contended Mr. Edwards.   

He said the staff has been left de-motivated and fearful.

In the meantime, Deputy Superintendent Neville Knight of the St. Catherine South Safety and Security Branch visited Cumberland High on Monday morning.
He confirmed that indiscipline is a problem at the institution.

"Parents must understand that they play an integral role in nation building and they don't come here to beat up teacher or to fight off teacher because of the behaviour or the indiscipline of the children," the deputy superintendent asserted. 

He said a meeting would be called with the principal, teachers and ministry officials so that the matter can be addressed.

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