Assistant Chief Education Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Blaize, has raised concerns over anger in students on the island, saying anger management must be something that has to be dealt with within the school system.
Addressing a Health and Family Life Education Workshop for teachers on Tuesday, he said there are many angry students in Dominica.
“Anger management is another area that we really need to deal with within the school system,” he said. “Too many of our student are angry and it may not necessarily be their own fault, maybe because of the circumstances that they are exposed to…”
He made reference to a song by Jamaican singer Buju Banton, which said, “circumstances made me what I am…”
To further compound the problem, Blaize said there is what he described as “a serious breakdown” in the community.
“You go around and people are intolerant of each other, simple little things, people get angry and people start cursing up each other and that gets into the school system in one way or another,” he pointed out.
He noted that educators are “strategically positioned to address some of those issues at least within the school system and in society where we can.”
“If we train our students, appropriately, to be leaders they will then go out into the community and at least one child will influence an adult in one way or another and we need to deal seriously with that anger issue within our youth population,” he said.