Tobago’s Secretary of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport, Huey Cadette has given a directive that no student should be locked out of any school on the sister isle.
His statement comes mere days after a teenager was shot and killed in Belmont, Trinidad after reportedly being sent home from a Port of Spain secondary school for disobeying school rules.
Mr. Cadette has since delivered a memorandum with the directive to principals on the sister isle.
At Wednesday’s post Executive Council media briefing at the Calder Hall Administrative Complex, Cadette said the memo was sent to principals advising them that the practice of locking students out of the school’s compound due to any infraction, whether tardiness or uniform related, must cease with immediate effect.
He stressed that parents must be advised when students are suspended, noting that it is responsibility of the school to ensure that children are safe when they arrive on the school’s compound.
The Secretary also revealed that a team from the Education Division met with the
Teaching Service Commission in July to address some longstanding issues.
He said eight deans and eight heads of department will receive their appointments from the Commission in October, explaining that this in itself has been a longstanding issue that required attention.
Among the schools impacted by those appointments are Bishops High School, Scarborough Secondary, Speyside High, Goodwood High, Signal Hill Secondary, and Pentecostal Light and Life Foundation High School.