Five school dropouts charged with cultivating marijuana

Five teenagers today appeared before Chaguanas Magistrate, Joanne O’Connor, charged with cultivating marijuana with an estimated street value of $300,000,a statement by the Police Service has said.

The statement said the teenagers, aged 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 were held in a marijuana field located off Arena Road, Freeport, by officers of the Central Division Task Force during an anti-crime operation in the area on November 9th, 2016.

Police say 305 marijuana trees were uprooted and destroyed by police.

The boys were described as school dropouts.

Mixed reactions to latest GATE announcement: "I am not paying back crap"

The Government has been receiving mixed reactions from young people on social media, to the announcement that the State will be seeking to recover funds from students who defaulted on the Government Assistance for Tertiary Education (GATE) contracts.

Some are commending the move, others are critical of it and some are questioning what measures are in place for those who are forced out of studies by circumstances beyond their control.

Here are some of the reactions we received online. We've opted only to use the first names given by those who posted these comments.