Education Minister Anthony Garcia says that students from the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica who are seeking admission into schools in Trinidad and Tobago will not be denied the opportunity to continue their education.
This follows news reports that a parent who relocated from Dominica and now resides in Central Trinidad is unable to get her three children admitted into schools.
Minister Garcia said in a news release that after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made a public appeal to citizens to open their doors and allow Dominicans to come and stay for a six month period, all immigration restrictions were waived for those whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Maria in September.
A statement by the Ministry said that the Ministry of Education immediately instructed school supervisors and principals to provide data on the number of spaces available in their schools and also to facilitate the admission of these students.
Simultaneously, data was also collected on Dominican students who were citizens by descent and those who were non-nationals seeking admission into schools.
The data collected revealed that nine (9) students were citizens by descent and they were immediately offered places.
Twenty four (24) students were identified as non-nationals and that information was submitted to the Immigration Division.
Minister Garcia in discussions with the Minister of National Security, Edmund Dillon was assured that all immigration restrictions have been waived to accommodate Dominican students.
The statement said that principals are therefore directed to facilitate the students from Dominican who were affected by hurricane Maria in September 2017.
The statement said that interested parents are advised to visit the Ministry’s District Education Offices to apply.