Black River High commended
Director of Safety and Security in Schools at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Assistant Superintendent of Police Coleridge Minto, commended the Black River High School in St Elizabeth for its launch of the Positive Behaviour Intervention Support (PBIS) programme.
The programme, an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, aims to establish the behavioural support and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.
He said the school must be congratulated for "buying" into the programme, which is aimed at lifting the standard of discipline, not only among students, but all stakeholders at the institution.
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Minto said the initiative forms part of the ministry's safe schools policy, which was completed in 2004. "We at the ministry are engendering a child-friendly environment in all our institutions. The ministry's prime objective, therefore, is to implement the necessary measures to transform schools and their immediate surroundings into safe zones through a multi-layered, multi-sectoral approach, utilising both public and private partnerships, which are supported by legislation and policies, where necessary," he said.