PM Heartened by Decline in Violence in Schools

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he’s heartened that there’s been a general decline in violence in the nation’s schools.

Mr. Holness is a former Education Minister. He says he recalls in 2007 when he had that portfolio there was an upward trend in violence in schools.

Mr. Holness says the reduction in violence in public schools is as a result of targeted action.

He says these actions include the training of deans of discipline, the installation of school resource officers and the development of a school safety policy.

The Prime Minister says there are lessons to be learnt from the initiatives.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.