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Social workers to help curb violence in schools

Published:Saturday | August 24, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has said social workers will be assigned to each region in the upcoming academic year. Thwaites said he was aware that more than two social workers are needed for each region.

However, he said given the limited resources available to his office, the ministry can only afford to assign one social worker at this time.

The Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary High Schools, has been calling for social workers to be assigned to schools following several violent and fatal incidents in educational institutions in recent times.

In December, the education minister said he was willing to consider the idea as part of efforts to curb delinquent behaviour in students.

Thwaites said more than 200 teachers received training over the summer holidays on how to interact with children with special needs. He said 77 teachers' aides have also been trained.

The minister explained that the teachers and their aides received instruction on strategies to teach boys, as well as other areas.

Thwaites said his ministry is committed to ensuring that by 2015, every public school will have a teacher trained to detect, respond, and refer children with special needs.