An Education Ministry official has suggested that CCTV cameras could contribute to making school environments safe, but stopped short of endorsing firearms for school security personnel.
“I don’t know whether we should arm our security guards – that would be for another discussion; but we have to maybe find a way to ensure that the environment in which the students are is safe,” Acting Chief Education Officer Rufina Charles told Radio Caribbean International (RCI), Wednesday.
She said it was ‘disturbing’ when schools become the target of burglaries in which resources meant to facilitate the education of children are stolen.
“This is about their own relatives and their own children and we are trying to make life better, especially with the school feeding programme that they target a lot – the kitchens; taking away the frozen stuff, the dry goods and we need peace for the children because we need the children to have a balanced meal,” the Education Ministry official asserted.
Charles observed that students need to be able to function effectively.
“When members of the community come in they are depriving the children of having a safe environment, depriving them of having a proper meal so that their instruction can also be effective,” she lamented.
“I don’t know whether we need to start arming. Maybe additional CCTV and those types of things so that we can actually pin down those persons responsible for doing this,” Charles told the RCI Midday News Edition.
Just Tuesday morning a man described as being ‘demented’, created panic at the Camille Henry Memorial School in Castries when he ventured onto the school compound.
He was eventually removed by the police.