Wed | Nov 22, 2017

Education ministry to get metal detectors, scanners for violence-prone schools

Published:Friday | November 10, 2017 | 2:22 PM

The Ministry of Education is to get some 130 hand-held metal detectors and five walk-through metal scanners to further efforts to improve safety and security in violence-prone schools.

The US$4 million programme is majority-funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Jamaican government.

Project coordinator at the National Education Trust (NET), says figures from the School Safety and Security Unit of the Education Ministry show that over 987 weapons were seized in schools during the 2014/15 school year.

The NET says that represented a 17 per cent reduction from the 1,186 weapons seized in the previous year.

The metal detectors will be handed over to the education ministry in a ceremony scheduled for next Wednesday.

The devices will be distributed to the worst-affected schools.