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Green Pond Primary to get 24-hour security

Published:Saturday | November 22, 2014 | 9:21 AM

The Ministry of Education says 24-hour security is to be provided to the Green Pond Primary School in St James, which has been the site of several robberies.

On Thursday, frustrated and angry residents padlocked the gate to the school to call attention to the lack of security at the institution. Classes were disrupted as a result of the action.

School officials lamented that the institution has no night watchman which they say has made the school an easy target for thieves.

They noted that the school has been broken into several times over the years. The latest incident happened last weekend when thieves stole money and other items.

School officials say they have been appealing to the authorities for security arrangements to be put in at the institution but say their calls have gone unanswered.

In a statement Friday, the education ministry said steps had been made to address the problem. It says in addition to introducing 24-security at the school it will be conducting an audit to determine the full extent of the school's security needs.

Meanwhile, the education minister is appealing to residents in communities served by Green Pond Primary to play their part to protect the school’s facilities.

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