Following the alleged incident in which a student was made to gargle a liquid detergent, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley has said he is unaware of any other reports about BVI students being ill-treated by their teachers.
Second District Representative Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull — whose district the first alleged incident happened — said in a public community meeting last week that he has been made aware of subsequent acts of student mistreatment.
But, while speaking to BVI News after that claim, Dr Wheatley said: “I don’t know what [other] complaints Honourable Turnbull is talking about.”
“Anyone who has a legitimate complaint should speak to the teacher, the principal, the governance officer, the school liaison, the Chief Education Officer,” the Education Minister further said. “If there is no relief at those levels, bring attention to the minister. We will investigate any legitimate complaint that a child or parent reports through the appropriate channels.”
In the meantime, Dr Wheatly said he still is awaiting a decision from the Teaching Service Commission on the alleged liquid detergent incident, which is reported to have happened at the Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay last month.
When asked if the allegations were likely to attract the attention of local law enforcement, Dr Wheatley replied that he was unable to say.
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