The Cabinet says it examined the phenomenon of bullying in schools and the recent expulsion accorded two boys who were taped in a choking/bullying incident.
The executive agreed that a Boot Camp of sorts can be established to ensure that treatment of the troubled youth can commence immediately after expulsion.
The government says it fears that those who are expelled may later become a challenge for the society.
It says the law requires continuing formal education until age 16 years; hence, any boy or girl younger than 16 years must continue to receive formal education.
It was agreed that many can be trained to procure building skills, including plumbing, carpentry, masonry, electrical and tiling, auto mechanical repair and other kinds of skills that can be strengthened in a very short period. Construction is now booming and that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
Three new professionals, including two psychologists and a psychiatrist, are likely to be hired to work with those who pose a problem in school to other students, and those who are expelled.
Also, the Cabinet decided that the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social transformation and the Ministry of Education will work together to minimize whatever negative impacts that the difficult students may inflict.
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