Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has assured that teachers who perform acts of sexual abuse against children will be dealt with in a swift manner.
Speaking at a pre-cabinet briefing this week, Dr. Rigobert said that her ministry will address such matters within days of being informed of them.
“The Ministry of Education, like many other agencies that interact with children, do have a duty of care and whenever the ministry learns of incidents, that somehow mean that our students are in harm’s way, we move to act swiftly,” the minister said.
“… I can guarantee you [that] the minute it reaches the minister’s desk, within a week, I act on it, “she stated.
Just last month, a male physical education at a Castries primary school appeared in court facing 12 charges, which ranged from buggery to gross indecency and indecency. It is alleged that he brought young footballers to his home and sexually assaulted them.
He was bailed in the sum of $44,000 and is scheduled to reappear in court on November 16, 2017.
His name was not disclosed due to the sensitivity of the case and he is accused of sexual misconduct against one or more students.
A ‘wanted photo’ of him was placed at all ports of entry and departure by the police recently.