The Parent-Teacher Association Chairman of Lae Secondary School says teachers shouldn’t be blamed for the violence.
Ken Polin says teachers often have faced students harm students putting their own lives in danger. His response follows growing public pressure to terminate students and the teachers.
The role of teachers has gone beyond the classroom; they are now expected to deal with violent students.
After last week Friday’s bus stoning that injured twenty passengers, members of the public, want teachers to control students.
The Lae Secondary Schools, PTA Chairman, Ken Polin, says the problem of student violence is more then what the average teacher can handle.
In the bus-stoning incident on Friday, a wire shot from a wire catapult missed this old man by an inch. Student violence spilling onto the City’s streets on Friday brought wide spread criticism from the public.
The most high profile critic came from the Provincial Executive council who threatened to terminate teachers if they didn’t expel students involved.
Thirty nine students have appeared in court yesterday. Thirteen will be tried as juveniles.
While the issue of student violence has received wide attention in Lae City, it isn’t limited to Lae alone. It is also an issue for other centers in the country. Last year, a grade eleven student was killed in Port Moresby.
In the Asia Pacific, there is a spike in gender base violence seeping into schools.
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