It appears that some teaching staff at the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School are sticking with the lunch offerings of the vendors outside the school gates.
In spite of calls for support by the Ministry of Education, some staff have ventured outside to an external vendor during the lunch break to make purchases.
While students stayed a safe distance from the school’s outer fencing where vendors operated daily, at least five teachers were spotted purchasing food on the outside.
At around 12:45pm, the group descended from the school’s compound and onto the opposite side of the road where one vendor was parked after being told by police last Friday that if she remained near the adjacent bus stop, she would still be on school property and therefore in breach of the new restrictions.
In a statement released last Friday, the ministry called for support from teachers, students, parents, media and the general public in its stance against lunch time vending outside the school compound. It also called on parents, guardians and members of the public not to encourage students of any school to disregard the directives of school administration.
When questioned about the decision to continue patronizing the vendors, one teacher noted that they were men and women and as such, during their lunch break, they could purchase food from whomever they chose.
Since the recent directive by police and the Ministry of Education, students are only allowed to make purchases from vendors before the start of school and in the evening after school has finished.