The Education Officer for District One, Cyrus Cepal, expressing concern about criminal behaviour by young people in Saint Lucia, has declared that it cannot be just a matter of pushing academics in schools when some are not ready for it because of their upbringing.
“That’s why there is a need for holistic education,” Cepal told reporters Thursday.
“If there is a child who is having difficulties in terms of their social life, in terms of being prone to crime and violence, we need to be able to pull these children out of the normal stream, get them into an intervention programme,” the education official explained.
He asserted that unless this is done in education, after students complete five years of secondary school and are sent out into the society they will then become ‘part of the statistics.’
“It cannot be education or things happening the same way because we understand that children are getting involved in a lot more things – they get exposed to a lot more things,” Cepal observed.
He lauded the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF) for the Our Boys Matter programme in which some 100 mentors will be working with troubled young males.