Primary school principals reject Ministry's position on helping to secure school gates

Primary school principals are asking Education Minister Anthony Garcia, whether he intends to arm them with batons and bulletproof vests.

This question, they say, is in response to the minister's statement that principals should take responsibility, along with security guards, for manning the school gates.

The principals say the Education Minister is misinterpreting the Education Act which speaks to school security.

The National Primary Schools Principals Association says while it does speak to the principal's responsibility for student safety, to extend it to manning school gates is stretching it too far.

The association says it is the job of the ministry to provide resources for school security.

The Education Minister has in the past said that the school must make do with the resources it has.

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