Ministry, Teachers disagree on security measures


Ministry, Teachers disagree on security measures

Since the shooting at South East Port of Spain Secondary School (SEPOS) on Wednesday, teachers and students have stayed away from classes, and the school has been closed.

Yesterday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia met with teachers from the school to determine the best strategy to keep them safe at the school. But, both parties were unable to come to an agreement.

At a press conference at Education Towers on St Vincent Street, Garcia said he understood the fear expressed by the teachers and he listened to their concerns. He said it was not the first time such an incident had occurred at the school, adding that the Ministry agreed with the teachers that stronger security measures need to be implemented at the school.

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Anthony James, was also in attendance discussed a number of strategies which he called a “multi-pronged” approach, to keep students and teachers safe. One of them is community-based programmes, would address issues facing the community.

He assured the group that an investigation was being launched into the shooting on Wednesday, in which a teacher was grazed by a stray bullet on her shoulder. He said he was confident an arrest would be made soon.

Also in attendance at the meeting was POS Mayor Joel Martinez.

The group will meet again next Tuesday.