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TTUTA to discuss introducing school monitors

TTUTA to discuss introducing school monitors

The call for mon­i­tors to be in­tro­duced in­to pri­ma­ry schools to look af­ter stu­dents pri­or to and af­ter school has been tabled for ur­gent dis­cus­sion when the Trinidad and To­ba­go Uni­fied Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (TTUTA) meets with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and oth­er stake­hold­ers in the com­ing weeks.

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Re­spond­ing to the call by the Na­tion­al Pri­ma­ry Schools Prin­ci­pals’ As­so­ci­a­tion (NAPSPA) for the im­me­di­ate in­stal­la­tion of such of­fi­cers, TTUTA Pres­i­dent An­to­nia De Fre­itas said it was some­thing which needs to be ad­dressed by the MOE as they are re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing stu­dents are su­per­vised be­fore the school day starts and again, when it ends.

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She said TTUTA has in the past, “Called for the Min­istry to em­ploy per­sons or fa­cil­i­tate the su­per­vi­sion by per­sons oth­er than teach­ers dur­ing the non-con­tact hours.”

De Fre­itas stressed that teach­ers are not to be blamed for fail­ing to su­per­vise stu­dents pri­or to and af­ter the school bell rings in the morn­ing and evening

She said, “The du­ty of care of teach­ers and the ad­min­is­tra­tors would be­gin at the start of school and what we are say­ing is that any­thing be­fore or af­ter that, once the chil­dren are on the com­pound, the min­istry has to take re­spon­si­bil­i­ty.”

The call arose fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at the San Fer­nan­do Boys’ RC Pri­ma­ry School on No­vem­ber 4, dur­ing which a five-year-old boy re­ceived a five-inch cut on his head by his class­mate al­so aged five, who was pre­tend­ing to be a bar­ber

The “bar­ber” had been us­ing the blade from a pen­cil sharp­en­er

Mean­while, the moth­er of the in­jured boy de­nied claims that her son had agreed to al­low his class­mate to “cut” his hair

In­stead, she in­sist­ed he was cut by the oth­er stu­dent as the two walked past each oth­er

The oth­er stu­dent has since been sus­pend­ed. The two boys are First Year stu­dents

Ex­press­ing hor­ror over the in­ci­dent, the dis­traught moth­er re­vealed she has since sought a trans­fer for her son from the school, to the one which her old­er son cur­rent­ly at­tends

Claim­ing that the sever­i­ty of the sit­u­a­tion had not ini­tial­ly been com­mu­ni­cat­ed to her by school au­thor­i­ties, the woman said her son has been find­ing it dif­fi­cult to sleep since the in­ci­dent and was be­ing coun­selled

The cut was said to be five inch­es long

Con­firm­ing she had dropped her son off at school at 8.10 am, the moth­er ques­tioned why school of­fi­cials wait­ed un­til 8.45 am to con­tact her re­gard­ing the boy’s in­jury

She said the school had is­sued a cir­cu­lar to par­ents pre­vi­ous­ly in­di­cat­ing stu­dents were to not to bring to the school be­fore 7.30 am, and had to be col­lect­ed by 3.30 pm dai­ly due to se­cu­ri­ty is­sues

The moth­er is now de­mand­ing greater su­per­vi­sion for all the chil­dren as she said First and Sec­ond Year stu­dents should not be left un­su­per­vised

She claimed not to hold any ill-will or mal­ice to­wards her son’s class­mate

The min­istry is con­tin­u­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion