Association of Denominational Boards of Education condemns St Pius attack

The Association of Denominational Boards of Education has condemned a second attack of school personnel within a four-month period this year, in reference to the stabbing of a teacher at the St Pius Boy's RC School.

In February this year, the principal of the Tunapuna Hindu School was also assaulted on the school compound.

The attack on the teacher at the St Pius Boy's RC School took place on May 13 while the teacher was in her classroom.

She is currently warded at the Mt Hope Hospital.

In a statement issued Thursday, the association said it strongly upheld the right of staff and students in our schools to a safe and secure environment.

"The Ministry of Education is responsible for the provision of security services in public primary schools, both Government and Denominational. The Ministry provides these services through The National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited (MTS)," the statement said.

The statement adds that at its meeting with the Minister of Education on March 29 this year, the association noted that “The recent events in schools have drawn attention to the possible need for additional security personnel to facilitate escort of visitors on the premises”.

"We reiterate this observation and once again, request that the Minister and staff review the existing security arrangements and provide the resources necessary to ensure the safety and security of all persons within the schools’ compound as well as that of the physical plant," the statement said.

The association said it wishes an uneventful recovery to Mrs Maharaj. 

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