Seven high school students and a teacher have died and more than 40 people have been injured after an avalanche hit ski slopes in Japan.
A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were taking part in a three-day mountaineering expedition near the Nasu Onsen resort, 93 miles north of Tokyo, when the incident occurred at about 9.20am on Monday.
“I cannot have peace of mind until I see the students’ faces,” the deputy headteacher of one of the affected schools told the Yomiuri newspaper.
A protest at the Ste Madeline Secondary School turned ugly today after students turned on protesting representatives from TTUTA and teachers.
The students are reported to have thrown bottles and insults at the protesting TTUTA representatives and 14 teachers from the school.
The lunchtime protest came as a result of what teachers are describing as dissatisfaction over the stewardship of the principal at the school, Joy Arjoonsingh.
Teachers say there is a lack of discipline and this is not being addressed.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia will meet with stakeholders in the coming weeks, to discuss what can be done about the low turnout of students during the week of Carnival.
While there was a high turnout of teachers on Ash Wednesday, the vast majority of primary and secondary school students were not present.
The Education Ministry issued this statement today.