Primary School Principals' Association: Unfair to supervise students outside school hours

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 15:00

Primary school principals are saying it's unfair to expect principals and teachers to supervise children outside of school hours and are therefore calling on the education ministry to pay school monitors for that purpose.

The National Primary School principals' association's call comes after an incident at the San Fernando Boys RC school where a student's skull was sliced by another student who was using a sharp object that came from a pencil sharpener.

The education minister said an investigation has been launched.

The principals' association says this incident happened outside of school hours which are 8:30 am to 3 pm.

The association says they are aware that parents due to their schedules must drop off their children early to school but teachers and principals also have children of their own who need to be taken care of.

The association says a meeting is needed between TTUTA and the ministry to initiate the school monitor system.

It says the added expense should not be an issue as safety is of paramount concern.