Reid se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing ‘Time Out’ fa­cil­i­ties

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Jodi-Ann Gilpin Gleaner Writer

MIN­IS­TER OF Ed­u­ca­tion Ruel Reid said the Gov­ern­ment is pre­pared to take dis­rup­tive stu­dents from the reg­u­lar school sys­tem and place them in what he is propos­ing as ‘Time Out’ fa­cil­i­ties.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists dur­ing a Gleaner Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum held at the news­pa­per’s of­fices in cen­tral Kingston, the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter said that start­ing with Kingston and St Andrew, se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion is be­ing given to es­tab­lish spe­cial fa­cil­i­ties to treat chil­dren who dis­play de­viant be­hav­iour.

He in­di­cated that the mo­ral de­cay that con­tin­ues to plague the so­ci­ety has re­sulted in a break­down in fam­ily struc­tures, which then pro­duces chil­dren with se­vere be­havioural chal­lenges.

“We are a bold ad­min­is­tra­tion and it was some­thing I had to do at JC (Ja­maica Col­lege). There have been stu­dents who re­quired de­lib­er­ate and spe­cialised treat­ment, where they do a whole cy­cle on so­cial anal­y­sis to drill down to some of the is­sues. Mean­ing, there­fore, that some of them can’t re­main in the reg­u­lar class­room for awhile,” the min­is­ter said.

MOV­ING AHEAD

“We can dance around it as much as we would like, but we are now go­ing to be mov­ing ahead to see how we can es­tab­lish in each re­gion, in the first in­stance, Kingston and St Andrew, to es­tab­lish time-out fa­cil­i­ties so that those stu­dents with se­ri­ous chal­lenges would have to be taken out tem­po­rar­ily, treat them and bring them back,” he con­tin­ued.

Reid said the min­istry will be stri­dent in en­sur­ing that dis­ci­pline and holis­tic de­vel­op­ment be­come the pil­lars that guide all ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

“It doesn’t mean that they are nec­es­sar­ily not go­ing to have ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties while they are out, but I don’t like the no­tion of hav­ing chil­dren in a reg­u­lar school that you can’t con­trol,” he said.

FILE

A po­lice­man from the bi­cy­cle pa­trol team searches a group of school­boys who were seen loi­ter­ing in the St Wil­liam Grant Park in down­town Kingston.

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