The Child Care Board (“CCB”) has applied to the High Court for the following orders:
- That care and control of the children be vested in the CCB with immediate effect
- The CCB be authorized to seek the assistance of any police officer to effect the removal of the children into one of the homes of the CCB
- That the CCB be authorized to enrol the children in a suitable school and ensure that their health requirements and immunizations are up to date
- That the parents are forbidden from removing the children from their placement with the CCB and/or from any school where they are present
The basis for the application is essentially that the parents have refused to enrol the children in school and have failed to provide a curriculum for home schooling. The parents have yet to appear in the High Court on the matter.
Section 41 of the Education Act provides:
- The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall ensure
that the child receives full-time education suitable to his age and ability
(a) by regular attendance at a public or private school; or
(b) in any other manner satisfactory to the Minister.
It was alleged that the parents failed to ensure that the children receive full time education in accordance with section 41 of the Education Act.
The parents have been charged under s. 61 of the Education Act. Section 61 which provides as follows:
- (1) Where a child of compulsory school age,
(a) being a registered pupil at a school, fails to attend regularly at the school; or
(b) not being a registered pupil at a school, does not, in a manner satisfactory to the Minister, receive full-time education suitable to his age and ability, the parent of the child is guilty of an offence and is liable on summaryconviction to a fine of $50.
The parents have had a trial before a Magistrate and after hearing the evidence the Magistrate found them guilty. They are to return to court on October 7, 2016 for sentencing.
5. The AHF collected $323.15 at the meeting Monday, which was given to the Lashley family the same night. The AHF will be structuring the suggested dollar drive for both online and physical donations. It has been suggested that the money collected from this drive assist with the development of home schooling in Barbados as well as assist the Lashley family. This will also be discussed in tomorrow's meeting.
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