Principal Assoc. calls for after-hour monitors in schools

Principal Assoc. calls for after-hour monitors in schools

The National Primary Schools Principals’ Association (NAPSPA) is calling on the Ministry of Education to open a discussion on having monitors supervise school children outside of the school hours.

In a statement released by the NAPSPA today, the Association said it sympathised with the pupil of San Fernando Boys’ RC Primary School who was injured with a blade by another student. Yesterday, pictures were posted to a popular blog site which showed the five-year-old boy with a slash across his head.

The Association also sympathised with the boy’s parents and by extension, the school. The statement continued:

“From our investigations, we have gleaned that this incident occurred outside of the school hours. NAPSPA is cognizant of the fact that due to their working hours, some parents have little option, but to drop off their children before the start of the school day and collect them after school hours. However, we wish to remind the National Community that the hours of school in most instances are from 8:30am to 3:00pm and therefore Principals and Teachers cannot be expected to provide supervision for children outside of the said hours.”

The Association is calling on the Ministry of Education to take immediate steps to begin discussions, along with TTUTA, to have the system implemented. The Association believes that this will go a long way towards ensuring the safety of school children.

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