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Cameras to be installed in all schools

Cameras will soon be monitoring almost every move of students in schools across Barbados.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones disclosed tonight that to help address the issues of bullying and vandalism, cameras would be installed everywhere deemed necessary on school compounds. Addressing the Lester Vaughan School’s Parent-Teacher Association, he said too many students were guilty of vandalizing school property and doing “foolishness”, and those practices needed to be eliminated.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones

Minister of Education Ronald Jones

“There must be vigilance  . . . . There is not going to be any privacy. You are coming to a public school –– no privacy. The only place it might be private is when you go into the washrooms –– in the latrines, as we used to call them in the good old days,” Jones said.

“So we are going to put cameras in all the schools, both internal security and external security as well, and good speaker systems. So when you see a child doing foolishness, know the names of the children: ‘John Brown, what are you doing? I have my eyes on you’. Pull them up.

“It will eliminate some of the bullying and some of the foolishness. And in the dark spots –– you know, like underneath the stairwells –– put them out there too. We are going to do it. We have to protect our children,” Jones added.

Saying that everyone was “in this together” in the disciplining of the island’s children, Jones said there was need for greater respect of school property.

Drawing reference to missing louvres on almost an entire block at the Lester Vaughan School, Jones said it was the responsibility of both teachers and residents to help discipline children.

“I have heard of stories of children [kicking] those louvres out . . . . They pull off sinks and toilet bowls. The Education Act says once you can determine who that individual is, the parent should pay for it. Not only for the cost of the bowl, but its restoration . . . . That law went into effect about 15 or 20 years now and I have only heard of a few parents who have paid,” the minister said.

13 Responses to Cameras to be installed in all schools

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes April 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Agree with this decision.

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes April 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Agree with this decision.

  3. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins April 30, 2014 at 5:47 am

    I endorse this message but please have them service regularly to ensure that they are working at all times.

  4. Sammie N. Doyle
    Sammie N. Doyle April 30, 2014 at 6:43 am

    About time.

  5. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte April 30, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I am in agreement with this proposal.

  6. Doriel Skinner
    Doriel Skinner April 30, 2014 at 8:05 am

    The best news I’ve heard coming out of the school system for a really long time.

  7. Mandy Taylor
    Mandy Taylor April 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    That’s a good idea times change and I am glad with this move

  8. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua April 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Thank GOD it’s about time…

  9. Mac10 April 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Cameras in schools, good idea. But when there was talk of cameras at the airport & sea port which is a national security issues, the immigration officials said no! When there was talk of cameras in police stations which is a transparency, accountability & justice issue. The police continue to drag their heels.

    Only if the cameras are maintained properly with proper records kept will they be of any use.

    More training & education for both teachers, students & parents with regard to bullying issues is what is more sorely needed.

  10. dd smith April 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Well, at last, something is being done in Barbados, without anyone from US, Canada or the UK. telling us. We must now , beef up security ,at the airport at the seaport, speed cameras on some motorways and all over Bridgetown. But yeah,yeah, would all this technology work, hope so not like the public toilets that can never flush.

  11. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley April 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Jones is ” THE BULLY” Threatening to call the police to break heads. Tell the man. ” grow up”

  12. Olutoye Walrond June 1, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Why does this minister always think he needs to make a big production out of the minutest of things? And isn’t it time we stop hearing of plans for things? Keep the plans to yourself; just tell us when you are ready to implement.


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