Classes at the Anchovy High School in St James have been suspended for three days to address growing concerns about attacks on teachers by students in recent weeks.
The decision was made by the school’s administration following the latest incident in which a male teacher was stabbed by a 14-year-old student during the afternoon shift on Monday.
Classes were immediately suspended after the attack.Following a meeting with members of staff on Tuesday morning, it was decided that stricter disciplinary measures would be put in place at the school.
These include complete adherence to uniform regulations, compulsory attendance at all classes, the prohibition of the use of cellular phones by students, and exclusion of students involved in gang activities.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association has condemned the stabbing of the teacher. The organisation is calling for school boards and administrators to be resolute in taking strong action against students who display anti-social behaviour.
According to Paul Adams, the JTA is encouraging “school boards and school administrators that they need to execute section 30 of the Code of Regulation without fear or favour. Managing students and teachers in an institution is not easy for an administrator. A majority of these students cannot be held hostage by a few students who have decided to have no interest in education”
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