Wednesday 21st May, 2008


NPTA stresses need for suspension centres

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The National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA) is renewing its call for the Ministry of Education to establish suspension centres.

“We need them as of yesterday,” NPTA president Zena Ramatali said yesterday in a telephone interview.

She said the centres would go a long way in stemming the tide of violence and indiscipline, particularly at the level of the primary school.

Ramatali’s call came in the wake of Monday’s incident in which a six-year-old pupil of a primary school was lured away to a teak field by an eight-year-old schoolmate and reportedly beaten with a piece of wood.

The victim reportedly suffered bruises to her legs, buttocks and arms, after being beaten in the teak field.

Ramatali said an investigation should be conducted into the eight-year-old child's family life.

“We must know if the child came from a broken home, if there are two parents, or if the child came from an abused home,” she added.

Ramatali said both students should receive counselling through the Student Support Services Division of the Ministry of Education.

She also urged teachers to listen to the complaints of children who felt they were being bullied by other students.

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