An investigation has been launched into a stabbing incident at the Signal Hill Secondary School, which occurred on the school’s compound on Thursday and involved two boys from the lower form.
The Tobago House of Assembly’s Division of Education, Research and Technology Assemblywoman, Zorisha Hackett and assistant secretary Orlando Kerr yesterday both pledged, “to place urgent attention on attenuating this increase in violence perpetrated by or against students.”
The Division said, “Officers within the Student Support Services Unit have been assigned to urgently provide the required support to the students involved.”
T&T Unified Teachers Association Tobago representative Bradon Roberts is calling for a consultation of education stakeholders to address the growing incidence of violence and indiscipline in schools.
In an interview with Newsday, Roberts said he was very concerned about the indiscipline in schools.
He also questioned what punitive measures could be used in these instances, as he said, “You might give them a suspension. But if it is that students are not keen on the curriculum in the first place, how is the suspension helping them?”