A teacher of the Delcer R.C. Combined School has been accused of physically abusing a female student on Thursday.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that the 11-year-old student was allegedly physically abused by the teacher, for threatening to slap a boy in the school, even though the threat was never carried out.
As a result of the abuse, the grade six student sustained marks on her arms. The teacher allegedly used a stick to carry out the act.
The student’s mother, Annie Mitchel, took her to the hospital and was issued a medical certificate. A complaint was lodged with the school and the police.
When SNO contacted the school for a comment, we were told that the principal was unavailable. Officials of the Choiseul Police Station were also reluctant to speak on the matter or provide any details.
There has been a long debate on corporal punishment on the island and whether it should be banned from schools.
Education Minister Dr. Robert Lewis had said that the ministry of education is looking into the matter.
He however pointed out that it would be difficult to get some people to accept the idea of scrapping corporal punishment, since it has been part of the education system for many years.
The minister said however that the ministry by itself cannot make a decision but has to do so in consultation with the Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU), the National Principals Association (NPA) and parents.