MOE Orders Probe into ‘Unacceptable’ Behaviour of Teacher at Pembroke Hall High


Minister without portfolio with responsibility for Education, Minister Karl Samuda, has ordered a probe into an incident during which a Pembroke Hall High School teacher threatened to murder a student within a week.

A video of the incident has gone viral on social media and in a subsequent audio clip, the teacher sought to explain what happened.

The viral video shows the teacher threatening and hurling verbal abuse at the student.

Our news centre omitted a vulgar expression used by the Teacher during the tirade.

The video also shows the teacher continuing the verbal onslaught for approximately a minute.

Nationwide has obtained an audio clip with the teacher seeking to explain what spawned the outburst.

She alleges that before she threatened the male student, he was involved in an altercation with a female student. She says that exchange wasn’t recorded.

The teacher says the male student was insulting and shouting at both her and the female student.

She says she asked the female student to draft a report and take it to the Principal.

But, Acting Education Minister, Karl Samuda, says the behavior is unacceptable and has no place in the nation’s schools.

In a statement, he says teachers are expected to have decorum despite the challenges they face dealing with difficult and uncooperative students.

The Acting Education Minister is also reminding school administrators to create an enabling environment that fosters and promotes appropriate behavioural patterns among teachers, parents and students.

The Pembroke Hall High School administration has also announced that it has launched an investigation into the incident.

The school’s Principal, Reverend Claude Ellis, says he’s troubled by what he heard on the video.

However, he says the teacher has not been sent on leave pending the outcome of the probe.

The National Parenting Support Commission, NPSC, is urging parents angered by the video to remain calm.

NPSC’s Chief Executive Officer, Kaysia Kerr, says what she saw in the video is of grave concern.

Some have called for the teacher to be removed from the classroom, in a bid to maintain her self’s and the children’s safety.

Ms Kerr says she’s confident that the authorities will collaborate and address the matter.

Kaysia Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the National Parenting Support Commission, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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