The Ministry of Education will be moving forward its plans to ensure disciplined school environments and to maintain the zero tolerance approach to antisocial behaviors that was earlier announced by Minister for Education Dr. the Hon. Natalio Wheatley.
In a statement marking the start of the new school year on 26 August it was announced by former Permanent Secretary in The Ministry of Education Dr. Marcia Potter that plans to formulate disciplinary measures have since taken shape. In fact, the then Education Permanent Secretary disclosed that the Ministry has an immediate and long term guide on the issue of discipline.
Dr. Potter who was speaking on behalf of the Minister at the opening of the new academic year said: “Learning must take place in a disciplined environment and a clear structure is important for students. The Minister wishes to reiterate zero tolerance for indiscipline among students.”
Additionally, it was explained that the Ministry will commission a review of the Student Code of Conduct 2006. Dr. Potter noted that the review will include aspects that will be positive reinforcement for behaviors and further guidance for administrators in areas of school discipline.
During the 17 May sitting of the House of Assembly Hon. Natalio Wheatley disclosed that he was bothered by videos that were circulated on social media showing students in fights and other unsavory behaviours. In that speech the Minister promised that action would be taken to address such issues.