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  • Meetings will be held with the various stakeholders before an action plan is created to deal with behavioural problems in schools.
  • Some 40 to 50 per cent of the nation’s young people are “really not coming up to scratch”, who were dropping out of school before grade eleven without any kind of qualification.
  • There are a number of schools that are doing well, through various interventions and behaviour modification programmes.

Chairman of the Crime Prevention Programme in the Ministry of Education, Professor Frederick Hickling, says meetings will be held with the various stakeholders before an action plan is created to deal with behavioural problems in schools.

“What we have to do is to get the people, who have knowledge, information and experience in this area to come together, sit down and talk about it on all sides of the agenda, so that we can have a multi-faceted discussion about what is known at this time and what works in our country,” Professor Hickling said.

He was speaking on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme Issues and Answers on February 13.

Professor Hickling noted that some 40 to 50 per cent of the nation’s young people are “really not coming up to scratch”, who were dropping out of school before grade eleven without any kind of qualification.

He noted however, that there are a number of schools that are doing well, through various interventions and behaviour modification programmes.

“The most important issue is to have the internal and political will to be able to get the thing done,” he noted.

Professor Hickling heads a committee established by the Ministry to coordinate the implementation of the Crime Prevention Programme in 56 schools.

Minister Thwaites announced Professor Hickling’s appointment following the tabling of a Ministry Paper in the House of Representatives on January 21, which identified 18 high/junior high schools as institutions from which the majority of convicts in the island’s major prisons dropped out.

A special intervention will be crafted for each of the school to identify troubled, deviant and seriously disadvantaged students; assess and address their situations; and prevent drop-outs.

The composition of the committee includes representatives of the Association of Guidance Counsellors; Deans of Discipline and School Safety; Head of Guidance and Counselling at the Education Ministry; National Parenting Support Commission; as well as representatives from the ministries of National Security, Justice, Youth and Culture, Sports as well as Social Security.