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Stop locking out late students, says National Parent-Teachers' Association

Published:Monday | January 27, 2014 | 7:40 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The National Parent-Teachers' Association of Jamaica, is again taking issue with the practice of some schools to refuse entry to students who arrive late.

The concern is again being raised against the background of the sex video which emerged recently showing a man performing sexual acts with girls from two Clarendon high schools.

It is reported that the students involved in the video were among some not allowed into the school after arriving late.

President of the association Everton Hannam says school administrators must be made to give account for the practice.

He says late-comers must be allowed onto the school compound and dealt with in other ways.

The Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has also called for schools to stop locking out students.

He says the man in the video has been identified as the father of a student attending one of the schools.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse has reportedly started an investigation into the videos and pictures which emerged last week.

The Education Minister says a disciplinary committee of the ministry will be meeting this week to determine what steps to take.

Thwaites says the recent sex video points to a culture that does not facilitate wholesome human development.

According to him, a social deficit exists in schools that cramps learning and turns out persons unable to achieve their own goals or to help to develop the society.


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