Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has noted an increase in the number of child physical and sexual abuse cases being reported. Dr. Rigobert attributes this increase to a zero tolerance approach by a team appointed within the Ministry to tackle this social ill. She made the comment while addressing School Principals.
Don Nicholas reports
While addressing a group of school principals Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert said the Ministry is starting to turn the corner in revamping the education sector. She says the Ministry is also making headway in addressing physical and sexual abuse of children but there is still a long way to go. The Minister says more persons are coming forward to report such incidents but there are still too many unreported cases. Those who fail to report them she says are just as guilty. The Minister indicated that In the past two years a team with a zero tolerance approach has been appointed to deal with the problem
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Dr. Rigobert also spoke about the equip project. A team working under the project is in Trinidad & Tobago gaining exposure to international best practices that can be adopted here. There are a number of schools down for rehabilitation under the project which is scheduled to commence shortly.
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Dr. Rigobert assured the principals that priority will be given to schools in dire need of rehabilitation