Police are to patrol Lodge
Community High School to monitor students' behaviour in the wake
of an attack on a teacher.
But the teachers are not satisfied and want a constant police
presence from 9 am to 3 pm and are still boycotting classes.
Last week Brian Balgobin suffered a fractured skull after
a pupil hit him in the head with a piece of wood. The child has
now gone into hiding. Teachers say they have confiscated knives
and ice picks brought in by students.
Assistant Chief Education Officer (department of Georgetown)
Joseph Gilgeous said the ministry is working with teachers to
resolve the present situation, adding that the focus is to
resume work in the classroom.
But he stated that police could not be placed at schools on a
daily basis and the ministry is not looking at implementing such
Following talks with Education Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey an
agreement was reached to strengthen security at the school,
Gilgeous said. He pointed out that police ranks would visit the
school regularly to monitor students' behaviour.
The teachers also pointed out that the bushes surrounding the
school have become a haven for delinquents and are calling on
the ministry to clear them up.
Gilgeous told Stabroek News yesterday that the bushes are
The 16-year-old boy was reportedly a member of a delinquent
gang in the school behind several attacks on teachers and
A senior teacher disclosed that his mother visited the school
and claimed to have lost track of her son's whereabouts after
According to the teacher, the mother showed little concern
over the incident.
Easter Term Examinations are set to commence on March 22 but
are likely to be affected by the protest action.
An English teacher told this newspaper the ministry needs to
recognise social work as integral part of the school system and
start counselling sessions with students. A network with social
workers seems the only possible solution to the problem, the
A male teacher at the school said the ministry needs to face
the issue of classroom safety and not look the other way.
According to him the protest action will only intensify if
nothing is done.
A group of female students told Stabroek News they are
suffering as a consequence of their colleague's actions. They
said that people are casting blame on the entire student body
because of a few delinquents. The group said while society
should show concern they must also consider students who are
there to take advantage of free education.