Chief Education officer Steve Hyacinth has said the Education Act should not be blamed for the behavior of some students on the island.
Principals and education officers are attending a workshop here today to discuss the contents of the recently released Regulations to the Education Act in Dominica.
Hyacinth told the official opening of the workshop this morning that the Act is very strong on regarding the school as a safe haven for students.
“In the past I have heard persons suggesting that the Education Act is responsible for the growing increase in crime and anti-social behaviour among our youths. I believe that now we have implemented the Education Act, and a few years have elapsed, that this person has realised that such blame cannot be placed on the Education Act. I have reviewed the Act and I have not discovered any suggestions which perpetuate anti-social behaviour among our youths,” he said.
Hyacinth told today’s workshop that Education Act does not permit students to attend school with weapon.
In fact, he said “it may be interesting to find out where those students get those weapons”.
According to Hyacinth, the Act does not say it is permissible for students to be rude to principals and teachers and it does not encourage students to use fights as a means of solving problems.
“In fact the Act is very strong on encouraging students to remain focus,” he said.