Not Even Our Schools Are Safe From The Push­ers of Drugs!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

This week thou­sands of stu­dents who sat11-plus ex­ams with high hopes of making it into sec­ondary school went home in tears, their im­me­di­ate fu­ture in jeop­ardy. Many who passed their ex­ams with fly­ing colors won’t make it to sec­ondary school this year, for al­though five thou­sand took the exam, only two thou­sand places are avail­able.

Also this week a min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial con­firmed a Cas­tries school­teacher has been sell­ing con­tra­band to stu­dents. It seems our young peo­ple sim­ply can’t win. The cards are stacked against them. Even when they have been for­tu­nate enough to land a school place, chances are they’ll be ren­dered drug ad­dicts by age six­teen.

The STAR con­tacted the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry for con­fir­ma­tion of the in­cred­i­ble drug story. A spokesman told us: “Yes, it’s true. We know about a teacher who has been sell­ing drugs to the stu­dents at his school but we can’t tell you more.”

“What’s the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment do­ing about the drug-ped­dling teacher?” we asked. “Has he or she been sacked?”

“We can only as­sure you the teacher will be dis­ci­plined,” said the min­istry of­fi­cial. “The po­lice know about the case.”

We sought fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from the po­lice. At first they claimed to know not what we were talk­ing about. Later an of­fi­cer ac­knowl­edged the mat­ter had been be­fore the po­lice com­mis­sioner and was be­ing “han­dled dis­creetly.”

How much worse will the prime min­is­ter per­mit the drug scourge to be­come be­fore he takes ap­pro­pri­ate steps to erad­i­cate it? It is our con­tention—and the prime has ex­pressed sup­port for our ob­ser­va­tion—that the fu­ture of our coun­try lies in the hands of our young who de­pend on the rest of us for their sur­vival. The cit­i­zenry must de­mand our gov­ern­ment does ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble, not only to ed­u­cate our de­pen­dent young but also to guar­an­tee their good health, mentally and phys­i­cally.

On the ev­i­dence, our gov­ern­ment is asleep at the wheel!

Ed­i­tor’s Note: The pre­ced­ing by Rick Wayne first ap­peared in this

news­pa­per on 18 June 1988.

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