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Barbados: Metal detector wands to be used at Frederick Smith School

Classes at the Frederick Smith Secondary School will resume between Thursday and Friday of this week.

So says Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw. She made the disclosure during a press conference yesterday evening, following a lengthy meeting at the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College with teachers of the St. James located school. That meeting, which lasted several hours, was one of three meetings Bradshaw attended yesterday. The others were with representatives of the Boards of Management, principals and guidance counsellors of a number of secondary schools as well as representatives of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF).

She indicated that at the teachers meeting, which was attended by President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Ann Redman and President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), Sean Spencer, it was agreed that on Thursday all fifth form students will return to school, while the first to fourth formers will return on Friday. The Minister said that parents are also asked to accompany their children to school on those days and revealed that while the Ministry is not in favour of metal detectors like those seen in airports, it is not opposed to metal detector wands and will be employing the use of such devices when school recommences.

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