Has every manager in the Ministry of Education read it?
Have they given their advice to the Minister?
Have they urged him to accept the Report, or has it been rejected?
Has the Minister tasked anyone to put together the Ministry's response?
Or, will the Report just be allowed to die from neglect. That, after all, is what happened to the School Violence Committee Report of 2005.
No doubt, it was in an effort to prevent this outcome that the Task Force made its first recommendation. This reads:
1. Form a committee, or identify an individual, that is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the progress of implementing these recommendations.”
Anyone who is exposed to our High School knows that in recent years we have lost a lot of students due to the present neglectful system. Without the implementation of a new policy of prevention, education and treatment in the areas of drug and alcohol use, conflict resolution and sex education, continuing generations of our students will be lost.
I would suggest that what the Minister has to do is to twist arms, berate his staff, until results appear. They must find the right person for the job. They must provide the appropriate resources. There is no need for any more committees. The period for hand-wringing and hair-pulling over the state of our secondary education system must be declared ended. This is the time for firm action.
The Report provides a plan of action.
Now, we need a School Violence Tsar to monitor and report on how well the Department is implementing it.