Lately our country is seeing an alarming up rise of missing teens, it is almost on a weekly basis that the police department is sharing “missing persons” bulletins with the media. Thankfully most of them if not all are found and safely returned home. The Ministry of Education of Belize sent out a memorandum to all general and local managers, principals of government primary and secondary schools, principals of gran-aided primary schools and secondary schools addressing the sending of students home during school hours for the safety of all.
The memorandum dated Monday, January 14, 2019 read:
“It has come to the attention of the Ministry that students are being sent home from school for various reasons. Please note that such practice should be discontinued immediately to ensure the safety and security of our students. It is no longer acceptable to send students home during school hours, for whatever reason, unless they are released into the custody of a parent or guardian.
The Ministry of Education, through its District Education Centers, avails itself for discussion to provide appropriate support and alternatives to such practice.
Thanks for your usual cooperation and attention to this correspondence.”
This note was shared on social media and parents were glad that this will take place as they feel it needs to be done for the safety of their children.