Department for Education minister Lisa Morris-Julian said the department was creating a national school offenses column aimed at targeting violence in schools.
Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday in response to a question from Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh about steps being taken to tackle school violence, Morris-Julian said the department had started the process by collecting and analyzing data on school indiscipline and violence.
“The ministry has identified schools targeted for targeted intervention, meaning schools with the highest rates of school violence, as well as those with the following characteristics: high percentage of first-graders who have achieved less than 30% in the SEA, high levels of indiscipline, a high rate of absenteeism and low levels of success in the ESEC. »
She said the department has worked with the following departments and agencies over the past few months to design a national rubric on school offences: national security, youth development and national service, gender and youth affairs. Childhood, Community Policing, Social Development and Family Services, Tobago. House of Assembly and Sport and Community Development.
“At the end of these exchanges, three multidisciplinary teams were formed, each focusing on one of the following themes: matrix of school subjects; positive reinforcement; and, criteria for high-risk schools. An initial report on these issues is expected by the end of April 2022. Following receipt of this report, a draft national rubric on academic offenses will be discussed with stakeholders and sent to Cabinet for review and approval prior to implementation. implemented.
Morris-Julian said the final rubric, along with feedback from the Student Support Services Division, is expected to result in positive results with respect to student behavior.
The minister said she could not confirm whether the police service had been deployed to the school system to combat violence. She said she could not give a timeframe at this stage for a reduction in school violence.