GOVERNMENT IS BEING urged to increase security at schools as soon as possible.
President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), Rudy Lovell, made that plea yesterday as he raised concern about the recent spike in gun violence.
“While the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the teaching and learning process remains foremost in the minds of all educators, the BUT is worried about the escalating crime and violence in Barbados. This is especially so given that schools are a microcosm of society.
“We note that some primary schools are without security guards, and students and teachers at these schools are exposed to various uncertainties. There have been instances reported by members and even on record in the media of violent crimes perpetrated in close proximity to schools,” Lovell said in a statement.
So far, there have been 29 murders this year, and most of the victims were fatally shot.