The Education Ministry postponed today’s sitting of the Primary Exit Profile, PEP Grade 4 Performance Task at Ramble Primary in Manchester following a vicious incident.
The Ministry in a statement this afternoon says a grade 4 teacher from the institution was reportedly chopped several times by her common-law-husband at their home in Mandeville this morning.
It’s reported that the couple’s eight-month-old baby was also chopped during the incident.
The Ministry says the teacher’s currently undergoing surgery at hospital but the baby did not survive.
The teacher was reportedly scheduled to be one of the invigilators at today’s sitting of the national primary level examination.
The Education Ministry says students were reportedly left traumatized by the incident.
As a result, the school’s principal reported that the students were unable sit the PEP exams.
The Ministry says it has taken the decision to postpone the exam at Ramble Primary and will ensure it is conducted at the soonest possible time.
Minister without Portfolio in the Education Ministry, Karl Samuda, is expressing regret at the incident.
Minister Samuda says it outlines the need for suitable anger management and dispute resolution options in the country.
In the meantime, the Education Ministry has also dispatched its trauma team to conduct grief counseling sessions with staff and students at the school.