With increasing regularity, we get news that schoolchildren, primary and secondary, are engaging in fights, bullying and truly violent behaviour in many of the government schools throughout the nation. In some recent instances, children are caught in school with weapons. In one or two cases, revolvers have been found in schoolbags.
The minister, school authorities and even the police make statements about these incidents, but that’s about all. Suspension seems to be the only punishment meted out to offenders and that’s that.
Two instances that come to mind is the serious injury to a child in Central Trinidad and only a fortnight ago a teacher trying to instil discipline was severely beaten and had to undergo surgery on one of his knees. Appalling, to say the least.