Government to Spend J$100M on Jamaican School Security

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Manchester, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News)Jamaican School Security: The Government plans to spend $100 million annually, beginning next year, to improve safety at schools deemed to have inadequate security arrangements.  
 
Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid, said this will include the installation of  perimeter fencing, LED lighting and electronic surveillance equipment.  
 
The minister made the announcement on Tuesday during a consultative meeting of primary school principals and Board Chairpersons at the Kendal Conference Centre in Manchester.
 
He indicated that the exercise will be carried out until all schools have security systems to safeguard students, teachers and support staff as well as all persons accessing school compounds.  
 
Additionally, Senator Reid urged school administrators to liaise with the police where security challenges require their intervention.

Child Care and Protection

Meanwhile, during Tuesday’s meeting Senator Reid reminded principals of their responsibility, under the Child Care and Protection Act, to report to the authorities acts of violence and abuse committed against children.
  
He also stressed that the use of corporal punishment to discipline children was banned in Jamaica under an international convention signed by the Government. 
  
Senator Reid warned of dire consequences and said teachers and school administrators resorting to its use do so at their own risk.

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