King laments breakdown in law and order

Labour Minister, Stephenson King  has called for urgent action to address this country’s social problems, including a breakdown in law and order.

The former Prime Minister was addressing the opening ceremony here on Monday of an International Labour Organisation (ILO) child labour workshop.

He told the conference that an October 2016  ILO rapid assessment report on child labour in Saint Lucia  found  that children and youth turn to local gang leaders as role models, after struggling to find positive role models in school and the community.

(Participants at ILO workshop opening)

King, who read excerpts of the  ILO document, said for years he has personally analysed and assessed the deterioration in this country’s social fabric in which families are disintegrating, while others are simply dysfunctional.

“Parental guidance is withering away and  seems to be a thing of the past while our young men resort to the block, blaming the system for failing them – a reflection of their behaviour and shortcomings,” the former Prime Minister asserted.

He observed that increasingly, there has been a break down in law and order.

King said there is a school system which, though focussed on the pursuit of academic excellence, has been struggling and accused of failing the youth in the design, ability and capacity to produce disciplined, competent, ethical and patriotic citizens enriched with spiritual and moral values.

King said those were key values  for building a strong and dynamic society.

“This trend must be arrested and calls for serious social intervention through research, re-engineering and social action,” he declared.

King said Monday’s conference was a commendable initiative towards addressing one element of what he described as ‘this social malaise.’




  1. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Broken corrupt and indiscipline society. Broken corrupt and indiscipline children. Children just copy and adapt to what they see when they come into the world. They didn’t create the rules adults do. so we have only owe self’s to blame.

    1. Anonymous
      March 7, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Well said.
      It is shameful to listen to adults blaming children.
      This is what happens when there is decay in the moral fabric of a society, and the majority isn’t ready to fix it because looking in the mirror is too painful. They opt instead to sling mud debating moral issues within the context of legality, whilst our children are destroyed by our own actions.

    2. Yep
      March 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Yes.. I blame the parents. Sometimes I lament that they have to sent home on school holidays… because we have to start all over again with the work we have done over the school term.
      I really wish it were different…because they are the ones who are supposed to be making something of what us available on the island. There are some talented hard working children but I think sometimes they lack dicipline and support and teachers only have some of the time and parents need to take up the slack when they leave school. Bouderies curfews direction support strick Ness building their self esteem and listening too is what’s needed. Love them. ♡♡♡

  2. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    So the Government is clear on what remains to be done.

    Let’s see how long it will take them to implement the necessary programmes.

    Let’s see if love for humanity and country will over power greed.

  3. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    FLAVIAN vitalis better known as radics of anse LA Raye please tell him to bring my money for me or i will go to the police

  4. 666
    March 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Politicians need to stop being at each other’s throat, ppl often follow their leaders, you know. Kenny was very good at being angry, a page he took from Fidel Castro.

  5. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    True. True. But you find a lot of children who don’t even know right from wrong making children. They can’t correct that child. Hell they have some grown ass ppl dat still don’t know right from wrong. Smh

    1. Anonymous
      April 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm


  6. Terence Joseph
    March 7, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Schooling begins at home with strong godly morals. Teach your children in the way of the lord and when they grow they wont depart from it.we need to stop blaming politicians and teachers for your children bad upbringing. To many homes without fathers is one of the most serious problems we have in society today. Saticis have shown most children who raised without a father in the home will end in jail. So women and men it’s wise to make good choices and stop having children out of wedlock. Seek God and make right choices. May the God of peace resort many broken homes.

  7. Anonymous
    March 8, 2017 at 4:34 am

    The entire capitalist elite is responsible for the break down if the social fabric in st lucia most people work for less than 4 dollars an hour which cant give u car house land food and education some of my colleagues actually have to eat food on credit whiles the rich capitalist crooks and lieing politicians live a lavish lifestyle no one should work for less than 10 dollars an hour king u are a failure where is the minimum wage u have enjoy liveing on tax payers money for over 40 years what we need is a revoulution to create a black st lucia and drive Chastanet and the du boulay family out of st lucia

  8. Moo moo
    March 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    It is sad when we as a black nation cannot protect our own . Our lands are being hijacked our economy is being hijacked even the markets for agricultural produce are being hijacked. We continue to sell our people like in times of slavery. Our children never had an opportunity.

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