Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on the set of The Morning Brew show with Natalee Legore, today, Tuesday 1 December 2020. (Image: NICOLE DRAYTON)

The number of sexual assault instances against children being reported to the police is as a result of the systems that are being put in place to help protect victims, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has said.

In the past seven days, 11 cases of sexual assault against minors have been heard in the local courts.

Yesterday, five men appeared before courts in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando respectively, to answer to various such charges.

Dr Rowley was asked about this situation during an interview on The Morning Brew with Natalee Legore.

“I think it is the level of activity that exists now and the systems that are in place now that brings out some of these things in the way that they are coming out. A lot of it was happening before,” Rowley said.

The PM described the situation as “horrendous”.

“I think what you are seeing here is that some the systems are working and wrinkling out and identifying,” he said.

With respect the ongoing national conversation about education reform, Rowley said there has been a lot of talk about getting rid of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination but so far, he has not heard a suitable replacement for it.

“I have not heard yet what is the replacement, because there has to be some process by which you move children from the primary schools to the secondary schools,” he said.

PM Rowley said Government currently is looking at finding usable options to address the education system.