The National Students’ Council (NSC) has issued a strong warning to the Government of the day to place student safety at the top of the priority list for the development of the Education Sector.
In a written statement today, the Students’ Council said this would avoid future affirmative action from an empowered students’ movement.
Today’s statement follows reports of an alleged rape attempt on an eighteen year old female student of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC).
The alleged perpetrator, identified as a Security Guard at the college, is reported to have exposed his genitals to the teenager.
The National Students’ Council said it is pleased with the actions taken by the SALCC administration following the ‘shocking incident’.
“The incident undoubtedly sparked feelings of anger and frustration from students towards the system at the college which they believe is working against their well-being,” the council stated.
Nevertheless the council observed that Administration at the college responded in a timely manner with the provision of counselling services to students who were directly or indirectly affected by the occurrence and also by convening briefings with the students’ council to provide information and guidance on the way forward.
But it noted that students are still threatened by the possibility of more likely predators around Campus and ongoing discussion as well as accountability are necessary to re-establish a peaceful environment at the institution.
The Students’ Council recalled that at a press conference held on the 17th of November, the Principal announced the installation of CCTV cameras and other stringent methods to deal with issues jeopardizing student safety on campus.
“The NSC sees this as a major step in beefing up the college’s integrity and commends Principal Saunders on initiating these measures,” it said.