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Holness wants update on school safety, security

Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 | 9:33 am Comments 0
Andrew Holness – File
Andrew Holness – File

The Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness has asked Education Minister Roland Thwaites to update the nation on the state of safety and security at schools islandwide.

In questions tabled in the parliament yesterday by Holness also asked Thwaites to indicate the number of violent incidents occurring at schools over the last three years.

He wants the education minister to indicate whether plans are being considered to build the capacity of the education ministry and schools to deal with safety and security.

The questions by the opposition leader come as administrators at a St Catherine-based school continue to deal with an attack at the institution in which four grade seven female students were sexually assaulted by an alleged armed intruder.

The incident, which took place last Thursday, left the school community in shock.

The education minister toured the school on Monday and promised that perimeter fencing will be installed at sections of the institution.

He said the ministry cannot afford to fence all areas of the 17 acre property but will undertake securing of some places.

The police have said two Safe School officers will be placed at the institution.

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