The President of the Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU), Julian Monrose, has expressed concern about a recent spate of break-ins at local schools, asserting that there is need to examine the quality of security personnel at the learning institutions.
“If you are going to appoint people to do security work, they should have the necessary training so that you are not just putting a watchman at the school,” Monrose told the Times.
The SLTU President expressed the view that such a person should know how to protect himself and the property to which he or she is assigned.
He said in addition to the quality of security personnel provided, the issue of education must also be considered.
Monrose explained that members of the public must be made to appreciate the importance of education and why schools need to be protected.
Monrose said it was strange that at a time when the focus is on valuing education and teachers as they observe teachers’ week that schools would be under such attack.
“Clearly the persons who are doing this are not understanding the effect that such behaviour can have on education,” the SLTU President told the Times.
He explained that since education is about national development.
“Every time you break into a school and you take equipment you are in effect affecting the teaching and the learning process,” the SLTU President asserted.
He said the equipment is in the school to help teachers to educate students and help the students learn.