Ministry of Education to Address Bullying Incident at Wesley Upper School
A case of bullying that has kept a young man out of school has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Education. The child was reportedly being verbally abused by both his peers and teachers which has made him reluctant to return to school. The ministry issued a release today saying that it is deeply saddened by a recent bullying incident where a special needs student of Wesley Upper School was verbally abused by his peers and even his teacher. The student, who previously attended Stella Marris School, was forced to abandon his education after he suffered bullying at the hands of several students. The incident was reported to the Ministry of Education but, according to the student’s mother, nothing was done, which prompted the family to speak out on the issue. After the frustrated mother shared her son’s woes with the media, the ministry says its Special Education Unit (SpEd) has dispatched officers to the school to conduct an initial assessment of the incident. The ministry says it will also arrange a special education sensitization session with the teachers and administrators of the institution. In ending, MOE says that while these reports are distressing, they highlight the need to improve awareness of special education needs among all stakeholders in education and build the capacity of teachers, parents, and the SpEd Unit to support students with special education needs.