Student ID card not ready for new school yearPOSTED: 08/4/15 9:57 AM
Together with school representatives, Major Felix Richards (left) and Minister Rita Bourne-Gumbs present a model of the student ID card. File photo KPSM
St. Maarten – The school picture identification card program is still being worked on and will not be introduced at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. Community police officer for the St. Peters and Reward districts Major Felix Richards has been taking the lead on the initiative and met with schools boards and education officials to discuss the implementation of the card before the end of the previous school year.
The student ID card will allow the authorities to identify a student easily by the picture on the card, the full name of the student, the school he/she attends and the area where the student lives. Carrying the card will also help authorities to enforce the laws on compulsory education and to monitor students’ whereabouts.
Major Felix Richards told this newspaper that the talks are still ongoing and soon more information will be given about the introduction of the cards. Parties want the measure to be included in the rulebook of each high school on the island.
Students must carry the ID card at all times during school hours and during other school activities. Minister of Education Rita Bourne-Gumbs and Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work on the details of the initiative and to establish a committee. Bourne-Gumbs was quite impressed with the initiative and is giving it her full support.
The introduction of the ID card is part of a project that includes upgrading of school bus drivers according to the police department.