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JTA support gov’t plans to stem violence in schools

Published:Thursday | January 31, 2008 | 10:34 AM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is supporting measures announced by the Education Ministry to address the growing problem of violence in schools.

Yesterday Education Minister, Andrew Holness announced that the government would be introducing the use of metal detectors, surveillance cameras and a panic alarm system to curb school violence.

Mr. Holness said there is also a plan to fence all schools and to ban the use of cell phones during class time.

JTA President, Ena Barclay said these measures are necessary given the current level of violence in schools.

Ms. Barclay is also supporting the ministry’s plan to set up timeout facilities for disruptive students.

In 2007, there were 96 serious incidents of violence in schools, which included stabbing, sexual abuse and invasions.

Two students have been killed since the start of the year.