The minister of education, Akierra Missick, continues to refuse access to local schools to opposition party members and in particular leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson.
Education Minister Akierra Missick
The question of access was raised in a recent House of Assembly meeting when Missick quoted an old ordinance that requires all access to schools during school hours to have permission from the minister. However, the ordinance had never been enforced until recently.
The dispute apparently began when, shortly after the last general election, Cartwright Robinson was the first elected official on the scene at Clement Howell High School after thugs entered the school and beat a student, causing injuries requiring hospital treatment.
Missick then took issue with Robinson’s attempt to discover and address the facts of the incident. The minister then called in television cameras and was seen two days later addressing the same issue and the general conditions of the overcrowded school.
Meanwhile, problems continue at the school. Last week, three students were found to be carrying knives and the previous week a 16-year-old student was stabbed. In April another student was attacked with a cutlass and suffered injuries to his head.