The National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA) is renewing
its call for the Ministry of Education to establish suspension
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.
Ramatalis call came in the wake of Mondays
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.
must know if the child came from a broken home, if there
are two parents, or if the child came from an abused home,
Ramatali said both students should receive counselling
through the Student Support Services Division of the Ministry
She also urged teachers to listen to the complaints of
children who felt they were being bullied by other students.