Education Ministry to increase safety and security in schools

Karl Samuda, Minister with responsibility for Education, has outlined a number of steps being taken to increase safety and security in schools following an ultimatum from the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA).

The JTA on Monday issued the 30-day ultimatum on the Government to improve safety and security in schools following recent incidents in which teachers were physically assaulted while on the job.

At a media briefing on Thursday, Mr. Samuda said approval was granted for 400 Safety and Security Support Officers to be provided to schools through the HOPE Programme.

He said the ministry was also seeking to assign two Senior Police Advisers to the Ministry to guide its approach to Safety and Security.

Meanwhile, Samuda says the ministry has provided over 1,000 hand-held metal detectors to schools and purchased about 30 overhead metal detectors.

He also said that $5 billion is required to adequately fence schools.

The Minister also announced that Conflict Management, Behaviour Management and Motivational sessions are to be rolled out in all schools in April.

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