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Maximum Punishment For Scratch Bombs

MOE News
Nov 12 2018

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago


Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Phone: 868-622-2181

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Maximum Punishment For Scratch Bombs


The Ministry of Education, championed by Minister of Education Anthony Garcia has taken the firm view of enforcing maximum punishment in response to the upsurge in the appearance of ‘Scratch Bombs’ in the nation's schools. Minister Garcia made a call to parents to be vigilant on what their children are taking to school and to note a level of responsibility falls on the parents when these incendiary devices are brought on to school compounds. Minister Garcia stated “One appearance of these bombs is one too many and we will not be treating with this lightly. These devices have the potential, as has happened in the past, to not only inflict severe bodily harm but also to cause significant damage to property increasing the number of persons that can be affected. As such, in collaboration with the Chief Education Officer, a directive has been given to principals to pursue maximum punishment if any students are found to be in possession of these illegal items.”

Principals have also been instructed, if not already done, to have assemblies to address the serious implications of using these devices. The collaborative approach to addressing this issue will be undertaken among the Ministry of Education, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association, National Parent Teacher Association and supported by the Ministry of National Security. The Ministry of Education prioritizes student and teacher safety and will be addressing any and all challenges to that safety with the strictest responses. 



 Released on 10th November, 2018 



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