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...Dookeran promises more police at schools

By Anna Ramdass

There will be an increased police presence at the nation’s schools, says acting Prime Minister Winston Dookeran.

Responding to questi­ons yesterday at a news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, Dookeran said the issue of school bullying and the recent incidents at schools were discussed by Cabinet.

He added there was a meeting with the acting Commissioner of Police and his advisers, who indicated there will be an increased presence of police at schools.

“They have indicated that they are putting into place a system to have some presence in the schools in general, during opening and closing hours, as a first step in this partic­ular regard,” said Dookeran. 

“This will not stop the problem because the problem is much deeper than that, but I am of the point of view that community policing will add some deterrent to students who...misbehave,” he said.

The Education Ministry, he said, was developing a programme in value education, which will be introduced at a greater speed.

Dookeran said indivi­dual schools need to take responsibility in ensuring discipline. 

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