Children have weaknesses in their behaviour that must be corrected by parents, says Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
The Minister made the comment Thursday at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.
Gopeesingh was questioned on a matter involving his son, Shane Aleong, who is accused of assaulting 56-year-old Gregory Wight outside Brooklyn Bar on Carlos Street, Woodbrook, on September 19.
Aleong was granted bail by Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie on Tuesday on three charges—assault occasioning actual bodily harm; possession of a weapon; and using obscene language.
"As you realise, the matter is subjudice at the moment and I'm sure you would appreciate it would be inappropriate for me to comment on it because I will be trespassing on dangerous territory so I hold my answer on that aspect," said Gopeesingh.
Asked what advice he would give to parents, the Minister responded: "I'll prefer to discuss that at another time when it is not in this type of forum."
However, he went on to say that the Education Ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Child and Youth Development and the Ministry of the People, is working to look at the whole aspect of parenting and "to ensure that parenting takes a major role in the education system".
"There are weaknesses in the children's behaviours, you wanted me to say that, and we have to accept that sometimes this happens and we have to correct the weaknesses," said Gopeesingh.