Gov’t to hold parents to account for unruly children

by February 24th, 2020

Parents of unruly children may soon have to answer to the law about the actions of their children.

That is if government follows through on a proposal to implement legislation that will facilitate holding such parents accountable.

The warning was given by Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, as he addressed a JLP Area Council 4 meeting in Hanover, yesterday (February 23).

Mr. Holness recounted the experience of a teacher who complained to him about the situation teachers face at some schools, and that the teachers fear for their safety, not only from students but also from the parents.

He pointed out that when he was education minister he introduced the parenting support commission and the Deans of Discipline Programme, which helped to restore order in schools and modify the behaviour of students.

Mr. Holness lamented that its unfair to expect teachers to deal with disruptive students.

He said with the resurgence of incidents of violence in schools involving children, parents, and teachers, it may be time to revisit the notion of putting in place laws that make parents answerable for the behaviour of their children.

The Prime Minister also revealed that regarding an incident at a school in Portmore, the police will be prosecuting the parent involved in the altercation.