Durant calls for tighter security at schools

Government Senator David Durant today called for a change in the contracts of school guards so they can be responsible for the protection of teachers.

“More robust security guards should be placed at our schools, especially more males who will be able to stand up and help in any skirmish because teachers seem to be the ones not to get into any parting of fights because they are afraid for their lives, and injuries,” Durant said in his contribution to debate on the 2018-2019 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.

“If you have good strong security guards around then they may be able to intervene and help curb some of the violence.”

In the wake of the recent spate of school violence reports surfaced that security guards had been refusing to break up fights among students, because they claimed this was not part of their job description.

This prompted Minister of Education Ronald Jones to state that Government would consider changes to the guards’ contract to include protection of personnel clauses.

Durant today noted that security firms were usually contracted to protect the school building and equipment, but argued that “the principals and teachers they need protection as well.

“I think also the personnel need that level of protection. Teachers are very important for the education of our children,” the senator said.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY following a recent stabbing at Grantley Adams Memorial School, which resulted in injuries to four students, President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union Mary Redman said she had informed the Ministry of Education back in 2016 about the concerns of the security officers.

“The security officers are making it clear that their job is to protect the property and we have made that clear to the Ministry of Education. This is a problem for teachers because if the security guards are saying that they only are responsible for the property then they need to hire different security guards with the conditions of service which would involve protecting persons on the school plant,” Redman had said.

School violence has become a topic of national discussion as an increasing number of students suffer injuries at the hands of their peers.

Among the most high profile cases were separate stabbings involving students of Grantley Adams Memorial School, St Leonard’s Boys’ School and Darryl Jordan and Frederick Smith secondary schools, and a cutlass attack back in November last year in which a 17-year-old student of The Ellerslie School lost a finger.

Durant said these incidents did not mean the majority of Barbadian children had gone bad.

“All is not lost,” he said, adding, “there are positive things happening with our young people”

“Some of them are out there doing their best . . . most of our young people are doing an excellent job in their educational pursuits. Many are excelling in sport. Only a minority is delinquent. So, let’s not paint all the children with the same brush”, he stressed.

The senator and church leader added that violence in schools could not be explained in a simplistic way, but all elements governing human existence must be considered.

“I believe that we have dropped the ball somewhere because the question is, how did we get here, how our children have become so violent even within the school environment, even in the presence of teachers, and even to teachers as well.

“What is occurring in our schools is a mirror of what has been manifested on a wider scale in our house and our communities and we’re seeing it playing out in the lives of our children because children do what they see,” Durant stressed.

16 Responses to Durant calls for tighter security at schools

  1. Tony Webster February 21, 2018 at 7:02 am

    “I believe we have dropped the ball somewhere”. Sir, someone you know…has dropped both of them!! You should know, because your Maximum Leader (not Jesus Christ…the uthuh one)…has lead us into a very Rocky Gully…and yet…HE SLEEPS!
    Might I suggest you have a deep, private, personal conversation…next time you but-up on him and he is apparently alert; receptive to rational thought; and might be persuaded to see the value of having a sense of urgency, the likes of which which daily assails the waking thoughts of every Bajan, that we need less high-flown rhetoric, and more ACTION.

    Procrastination, Reverend, is not a known human virtue.

    • Jennifer February 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      Oh yes TW, I know where them balls was dropped long ago. Let’s start with my famous leader and hero EWB.

  2. Victor February 21, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Going back in history, the church played a vital role controlling our youth especially the boys where boy’s schools were built close to the church. Take for instance St. George Boys was on church grounds to the east of the church. St. Philip Boys was close to the church and the list goes on. However, the girls were a distance from the church. That was when the church played a vital role in family life and insist that the youth come to church.

    Today, family life is taken over by technology since the church is more concern in building massive structures instead of dealing with families structures. To make it simple, concentration is towards monetary receiving than spiritual delivering.

    Parents, teachers, parliamentarians, law enforcers, the church and the schools should not be singularly blamed in this upsurge of deviant behaviour. We must start the process through consultation with all players and stop the blaming.

    • Jennifer February 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      You have hit so many NAILS on the HEADS it is not even funny.The Problem is that you for fell off the train once you started talking about or believed that the christian church EVER benefited black people in any way. And if you look hard enough you will actually see the level of miseducation and brainwashing ruminating from ALL areas/sectors of this societal box. Just pray for discernment and you will see.*

      • Jennifer February 21, 2018 at 12:50 pm

        The pendulum is slowing and the concoction is no longer working. And I love it. This people must prepare for things to come.

    • Jennifer February 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Good shot victor you need to reboard the train.

  3. Atman February 21, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Seems to me the time has come to have ARMED guards everywhere…in the schools, at the banks, in the bus terminals, at the supermarkets, etc etc. Unarmed guards are no match for even school children who are carrying knives and other weapons. If wunna people in authority don’t get real fackin serious about the situation, nuff people gine get kill. That arrogant woman Maxine McClean lucky to be still alive.

  4. allison archer February 21, 2018 at 10:55 am

    it is all humanism now as the “church” has clearly ask Jesus Christ to leave Barbados and let man do their own thing

  5. Alex Alleyne February 21, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Then after the student(s) over power the male guards, you/we will say now let us give them GUNS. Then when the student(s) come with guns and take out some guards you/we will say “NOW LET US PUT THE DEFENCE FORCE AT ALL NEWER SECONDARY SCHOOLS.
    All you need to do is perform a random URINE TEST on the so call “bad-boys” . They are smoking too much weed ……full-stop. If there are caught send them to a special School next to DODDS.
    We must save the Youth from themselves.

    • Jennifer February 21, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      U sound a tad out of sequence Alex. Do u not think that dealing with sub problems is a WOT?

  6. Ossie Theophilus Moore February 21, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Guards yes! If those guards are to be assaulted then I think they should be outfitted with a genuine “Buy local” dog hunter well lynseed oiled!

  7. Jennifer February 21, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    The situation of this people is quite a phenomenon. Until this government or the next to come cater to this people culturally and in blackness, ALL this people will be smittened, if not your grands, then the great grands. The leaders keep trying to sow a new piece of cloth onto an old garment or using the ingrafting method. This simply will not work.

  8. Atman February 21, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    @Alex…I can agree with your urine testing suggestion, but you’re going to need a mighty big “special school” to house and teach all those rotten apples in the schools right now.

  9. Atman February 21, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I heard the gov’t talking bout introducing laws to charge parents for the crimes that minors commit…now I think that would be unfair to those parents who really try their best to steer their children in the right direction, but the children are hell bent on going the wrong way.

  10. luther thorne February 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Wuh monkey suit and tie dah is that Durant got on though ?
    Um look BAD
    Man go and tek off dah do !
    King Dunkall ?

  11. Committed Bajan February 21, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    I am waiting for someone in authority to say that PARENTS must play their part by sending to school more teachable children regardless of the curriculum

    Children who can sit for more than fifteen minutes, that’s a start


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