Friday, July 17, 2009
Cops do nothing when we report incest says Principals...
Principals of primary schools across the country are up in arms with the police over what they describe as their nonchalant approach to reports of incest.
The concerns were raised at the Education Ministry's Region Two retreat and conference for Primary School Principals on Wednesday.
One Principal told Education Minister Andrew Holness that the situation is having a negative impact on some students at her school but reports to the police have not been addressed.
Further checks by RJR News revealed that it is a widespread issue and Mr. Holness has condemned it.
He says the matter is being looked into as it is a general complaint.
The Education Minister believes however, that further intervention is required.
"Recently CISOCA (Centre for Sexual Offences and Child Abuse), the Child Care and Prevention Act and the Child Advocate have been increasing their attention to the matter regarding incest and sexual abuse but I think we need to do more," said Mr. Holness.
For many years, teachers have been complaining that students' academic ability is gravely compromised due to sexual crimes against them.
However it has been seldom addressed, as many cops whose portfolio does not cover carnal abuse matters allegedly ignore the reports.
The Principals are however adamant that they want the issue addressed as a matter of urgency.
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