Education Ministry needs $5 billion to complete 161 schools

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry will need over $5 bil­lion to com­plete 161 schools whose con­struc­tion are still in­com­plete - plus it al­so needs whistle­blow­er law and poli­cies to pre­vent nepo­tism in agen­cies un­der its purview.

Photo Gallery: National Security personnel at Sacred Heart Girls'

Students of the 2nd Year Infant Department at the Sacred Heart Girls' RC School on Friday hosted members of the various arms of national security services, to be informed about the important roles and functions national security agencies play.

This culminated a project entitled “Serving My Country”, which was aimed at sensitizing students to the importance of protective services and to foster goodwill between the protective services and the students.

Here are some photos.

Minister disappointed with low school turnout

The Education Minister is expressing disappointment over the reduced attendance in secondary school students on this Ash Wednesday.

The minister said while teachers' attendance increased, more secondary school students stayed home.

In a statement with collated figures, the minister said reports submitted by school supervisors indicate an increase in teachers’ attendance at both levels.

'Send your children to school Ash Wednesday'

As the Carnival season comes to an end, Education Minister Anthony Garcia is reiterating his call on parents to send their children to school on Ash Wednesday and the rest of the week.

“Parents need to ensure that they are sending the right message to their children. Do not keep your children at home. There is school after Carnival. Do not deprive them from teaching time, especially as they prepare to write the SEA, CSEC and CAPE exams,” he said.

Beaten principal returns to duty today

Tu­na­puna (Simb­hoonath Capildeo) Hin­du Pri­ma­ry School prin­ci­pal Jee­wan Ramd­hanie is not go­ing to let “thugs” keep him away from du­ty and is ex­pect­ed to re­turn to his desk to­day.

Guardian Me­dia was told by sources close to Ramd­hanie, who was at­tacked on the school com­pound on Wednes­day, that he “re­mains de­fi­ant and will con­tin­ue to keep to his oath in serv­ing T&T and look­ing af­ter the wel­fare of T&T’s fu­ture, the chil­dren.”

PM condemns attack on principal

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has condemned the attack on Tunapuna (Simbhoonath Capildeo) Hindu Primary School principal Jeewan Ramdhanie.

"I saw where two citizens went into a school and allegedly beat up a principal over the actions of the principal in dealing with a student. I consider this to be a probably one of the worst criminal actions to have taken place here in recent times," Rowley said after returning from the 30th Caricom meeting in St Kitts and Nevis.

"There are far-reaching consequences of that stupidity," he added.

Men enter school seeking recommendation Principal attacked with baton

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a bru­tal at­tack on the prin­ci­pal of the Tu­na­puna (Simb­hoonath Capildeo) Hin­du Pri­ma­ry School by two men yes­ter­day.

Up to press time, prin­ci­pal Jee­wan Ramd­hanie was be­ing treat­ed at the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex in Mount Hope for in­juries he sus­tained in the at­tack, which hap­pened in full view of all those who were still on the school com­pound at the time. The T&T Guardian was told the in­ci­dent left teach­ers and stu­dents high­ly trau­ma­tised.

Principal assaulted on school compound

The principal of the Tunapuna Hindu School is being treated at hospital after being attacked on the school's compound.

Gewan Ramdhanie was attacked by two people who were seeking a recommendation for a student.

According to reports, the individuals were escorted to the principal's office by security. When he emerged from his office, he was reportedly attacked in the presence of some students.

CNC3 understands he sustained some injuries to his head and was taken to hospital for treatment.