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Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has stated the need for early detection of anti-social tendencies in children in order to offer corrective measures before it is too late.

“We need to try and diagnose behavioural difficulties, inadequacies and antisocial behaviour that can lead to anti-social behaviour raging when you are in your teenage years and beyond.  By diagnosing them early… when they were in pre-school or primary school, we could correct those much more efficiently,” he stated.

The Minister was speaking on March 21, after a tour of the soon to be completed Malvern High School in St. Elizabeth. The school, located just across the road from the all-boys Munro College, will accommodate disruptive male students, taking the pressure off the normal school system.

The facility will be equipped with professionals, including psychologists, counsellors, doctors and special teachers, who will provide the corrective environment needed for the students to return to the regular school system." They must leave here with some competence and career direction, and the discipline must be compassionate, but very strict,” Mr. Thwaites stated.

The school missed an October 2011 date for operation, but will now commence classes in September. It will be accommodating 40-45 students, who will reside at the facility for up to six months. Enrolled students will be those reported by principals and teachers, as disruptive and unmanageable, and are disturbing the normal running of the institution.

Executive Architect at the Ministry, Scean Wright, informed that the school is retrofitted with a number of cost-saving mechanisms.

“It is structured in a way where classes will take place here, as well as therapy sessions to counsel students. It has been set up with water catchment facilities, we also have solar water heaters put in place, the lighting is energy saving,” he informed.

 

By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter