Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
THE MINISTRY of Education is to implement a behaviour-modification programme in the wake of an increase in violence in the island's public education institutions.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites made the disclosure hours after a 17-year-old student at a high school in Green Island, Hanover, allegedly stabbed three of his fellow students yesterday morning.
This followed several stabbing incidents involving students last school year.
"The ministry is preparing to implement a significant programme of behaviour modification, which will involve the testing and early diagnosis of those children deemed to have tendencies of uncontrolled anger, and for them to be properly treated," he said.
Commenting on the latest stabbing incident, Thwaites said it was another tragic example of poorly socialised students venting their anger.
"The event underscores the need for early diagnosis of antisocial behaviour and proper steps that need to be taken to correct the problem," Thwaites added.
Additionally, he said to stem the crime his ministry was emphasising the Safe Schools Programme as well the need for deans of discipline to be given the powers of a special district constable so they can search for weapons and physically restrain persons where necessary.
According to the police, the student who allegedly did the stabbing was in police custody, while the injured students were receiving treatment at hospital.