Monday 30 March, 2020

Classes cancelled at Oracabessa High after 'student attacks dean'

Classes were cancelled at the Oracabessa High School in St Mary on Thursday as teachers staged a sit-in following the alleged physical assault of the institution's dean of discipline by a student.

It was reported that the male student hit the dean while he was being reprimanded on Wednesday. The male dean reportedly had to seek medical attentions for the injuries sustained during the attack, and is currently not at school.

Police have subsequently began an investigation into the incident. 

On Thursday, no classes were being held at the school, which is operated on a shift system.

Loop News understands that the protesting teachers met with representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Teacher's Association (JTA) on Thursday.

The board of Oracabessa High has vowed to take a zero tolerance approach towards indiscipline at the school. A report of the incident is to be submitted by the principal to the board, it is further understood.

Several teachers have been violently attacked in recent times across the island, resulting in the JTA appealing to the Education Ministry to take steps to address the security issues faced by educators.

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