Cabinet blanks director’s suggestion to make loitering after school a crime

Director of Education Clare Browne

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has said that a suggestion by the Director of Education for students loitering after school to be a crime is not compatible with the constitution.

Clare Browne made the suggestion as police started to crack down on students lingering in St. John’s, in their uniforms, long after school.

instead, the Cabinet has asked the Ministry of Education to examine a policy that can be successfully applied to deterring students from loitering in the commercial sector of St. John’s, during after-class hours.

Hence, the Ministry of Education has been authorized to articulate a policy which could be applied but will not be offensive.

That policy may take two weeks; therefore, the Minister will report to the Cabinet later next month on such a policy.

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  1. Maybe a suggestion could be to extend the school time to 5 pm. So all “book work” conclude at 1:30, then from 2 pm to 5 pm the students engage in extracurricular school activities. Sports, arts, even homework.

  2. I am rather baffled and have always wondered why school was dismissed at 1:30pm. With lack of supervision at home the end result will be loitering. I see alot of empty buildings built as community centers with no apparent use of them. May I suggest that we start to look into After school recreation OTHER THAN JUST SPORTS PLEASE!!! Not every student is cut out for sports but there alot of other activities that can be done…. some of which may even contribute to the betterment of the uplifting of Antigua.
    I hate to say it, but we keep talking about the amount of students on the road when the key factor is that we dismiss them when their parents are at work, hence the end result will be a student with whom is idle .
    We need to stop polishing up the actual problem and fix it and quick our Youth have no direction and nothing to look forward to other than studying to pass XYZ subjects with no path to utilizing all these subjects other than getting into College and University.
    We have such brilliant minds in our Youth here and they are not given an opportunity to really show it.. Antigua What can we do as a plan of action ??? let us all get our heads on this !!!

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