22 stu­dent preg­nan­cies, 404 re­ported cases of bul­ly­ing in 2015-16 scholas­tic year

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

There were 22 preg­nan­cies among sec­ondary school stu­dents dur­ing the last scholas­tic year, in­for­ma­tion tabled in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day evening shows.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Evarist Bar­tolo pro­vided the in­for­ma­tion in re­ply to a PQ by PL MP An­thony Agius De­celis.

The in­for­ma­tion shows that the cases in­volved two 13year-olds, one 14-year-old, four 15-year-olds and 15 16year-olds.

Mr Bar­tolo said three of the 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old stayed in school, nine started at­tend­ing a spe­cial school for ex­pec­tant stu­dents and eight pre­ferred to stay at home.

Re­ply­ing to an­other PQ, the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter said there were 389 re­ported cases of bul­ly­ing in state schools dur­ing the 2015-2016 scholas­tic year.

There were 13-re­ports of bul­ly­ing in church schools and 2 re­ports in in­de­pen­dent schools, for a to­tal of 404 re­ported cases.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter said the ac­tion taken in bul­ly­ing cases de­pends on the na­ture of the case or al­le­ga­tion.

Ac­tions can in­clude coun­selling and guid­ance ses­sions for both the vic­tims and ag­gres­sors, as well as ses­sions with a psy­chol­o­gist and/or so­cial worker.

Guid­ance Teach­ers from the Anti-Bul­ly­ing Team visit the schools where cases are re­ported and fol­low es­tab­lished pro­ce­dures.

Through ‘restora­tive jus­tice’ stu­dents are taught that there are con­se­quences for ev­ery ac­tion.

Mr Bar­tolo’s re­ply to an­other PQ shows that 1,190 par­ents were sum­moned be­fore the Re­gional Tri­bunal over child ab­sen­teeism last year.

There were 1,323 cases in the 2014/15 scholas­tic year, 1,609 in the 2013/14 scholas­tic year and 1,408 in the 2012/13 scholas­tic year.

The vast ma­jor­ity of par­ents sum­moned be­fore the tri­bunal were chil­dren of state school stu­dents.

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