$2 billion needed to fence state schools
Some $2 billion is needed to erect fences at state schools across the island.
This was revealed by Director of Safety and Security in Schools in the Ministry of Education, Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Coleridge Minto.
Speaking on Independent Talk this morning, ASP Minto said the figure is based on an audit of schools done about four years ago.
About 900 schools require fencing.
However, he says the Education Ministry is unable to address all the needs at this time due to limited funds.
ASP Minto says the ministry has allocated $100 million this financial year for erecting fences at schools, but this will be done on a phased basis, starting with the schools that need it the most.
Also speaking on Independent Talk, principal of the May Day High School in Manchester, Stanford Davis, said the issue of fencing remains a major one for many schools.
Davis says internal security is also a cause for concern as violence among students increases.
He says students now use almost anything as weapons, making it difficult to prevent the use of weapons in altercations.
The issue of safety and security in schools comes into focus as administrators prepare for the start of the new academic year next month.
The lack of fencing has been identified as a major contributor to breaches of safety and security in many state schools across the island.