Feb 28, 2013 News Comments Off on N/A Multilateral students drink alcohol on school tour to GT
… future tours suspended until further notice
All school tours and field trips in Region Six have been suspended until further notice. This announcement was made by the Region Six Education Officer, Shafiran Bhajan, during a recent meeting with head teachers of the region.
The decision came in the wake of two incidents, one whereby students of the New Amsterdam Multilateral Senior Secondary School were found to be imbibing during a tour to Georgetown last week, proving that the students were left on their own, unsupervised at some point or points on the tour.
The other involved students of a Corentyne Primary School who visited the Office of the President and complained to the President and his staff about the school not having adequate furniture, school- feeding biscuits as well as textbooks.
Office of the President allegedly subsequently telephoned the school and made inquiries as to whether the students’ allegations had any credence, to which it was found out to have.
As a result, no school would be allowed to go on tour or any field trip. According to reliable information, the teacher at the N/A Multilateral has been suspended after which she will be transferred to another secondary school in the town.
All of the students involved in that incident have also been suspended. Many teachers across the region are not pleased with the decision to halt all tours and field trips.
February has always been traditionally known as the month in which students visit various parts of Guyana during field trips and tours, in celebration of Mash and Black History Month; in March, there are Commonwealth Day tours.
The grim faces displayed by many students who received the news that their tours were cancelled and monies returned proved that there was a lot of disappointment and sadness.
Many are of the view that the school culpable in this matter should have been dealt with, rather than the entire region feeling the ramifications, but as one teacher put it, ‘Peter pay for Paul and Paul pay for all’.
Acting Minister of Education, Dr. Frank Anthony, visited the Region yesterday to meet with several schools and teachers about issues affecting the system.
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