Opposition MLA, Mr McCarthy, said: “It is vitally important that we create laws to ensure that teachers are given more protection against assault.
“We have heard so many horror stories regarding brutal attacks on our teachers. They do an excellent job in our schools and deserve the best possible provisions to secure their safety in the workplace.
“Our teachers must be allowed to get on with the vital work they do without fear of assault. This is about protecting everyone in schools and such legislation must be enacted as soon as possible.
“We need to provide protection similar to that afforded to healthcare staff in our hospitals. The Minister must act as a matter of urgency to create the legislation necessary to do this.”