Several safety measures are to be implemented to prevent robberies committed on students of the Brickdam Secondary School following engagements held between Ministry officials, the police, students and parents.
The issue was first raised with Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand during her visit to the school on November 9, 2020 when face-to-face learning resumed for grades 10, 11 and 12.
Brickdam Secondary has been relocated from its original location on Brickdam in Central Georgetown to the East La Penitence Primary School building on the outskirts of the city.
During the visit, teachers told Minister Manickchand that students are constantly being robbed by criminal elements in the area. The teachers said several previous interventions were less than helpful and did not deter criminal elements.
On Thursday, advisor to the Minister of Education, Africo Selman met with teachers and students to listen to their concerns on the issue and to make an assessment of the environment so that corrective measures can be implemented.
Subsequently, Selman also met with Deputy Commander of Region Four (4) ‘A’, Superintendent Guy Nurse, who has committed to ensuring that there are increased police patrol and presence in the area.
The Guyana Police Force will also be meeting with the teachers and students of the school to get a greater understanding of the issue and will be implementing additional measures that will be tailored towards eradicating the scourge.
The Brickdam Secondary School is a list ‘A’ school that falls just outside of the top bracket of schools in the country. This institution over the years has been consistently producing good results at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examination (CSEC).