Student discipline everyone's business
The Ministry of Education has noted the recent increase in the sharing of instances of student indiscipline on social media.
The videos being shared and reposted highlight students in uniform engaging in fights or inappropriate behaviour while in school uniform outside of the school compound.
Minister of Education the Honourable Anthony Garcia has sought to remind and encourage parents and citizens to be more conscious of the messages being sent when these videos are posted and shared.
“As the Ministry continues to work toward managing discipline in the nation's schools, challenges have migrated outside of the school compound. The discipline within the schools has been managed through the stringent School Based Management System. The Ministry of Education is working closely with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service within communities but we cannot do it alone. Parents and guardians must be more vigilant and ensure that effective communication takes place with their charges to reduce these incidents of indiscipline.”
The Ministry holds steadfast to its commitment of student safety and reminds all citizens that any student in a school's uniform engaging in any action that breaches good conduct, whether on or off of the school's compound will be met with the full punishment aligned to the action.
Parents and guardians are urged to ensure that they know what their child/ward does as they make their way home from school and to work with the school to address the matter in instances where they are called in.