education

Fifth Company Baptist School closed following suspected meningitis death

A medical team comprising two medical doctors, two public health officials, three nurses from the Indian Walk Health Facility and other medical personnel, visited the Fifth Company Baptist School today, where they met stakeholders, parents, teachers and students and shared information on what is being done to ensure that the compound remains safe for occupation.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Dr Lovell Francis also attended the meeting with the medical team and stakeholders.

5-year-old student dies of suspected case of meningitis

A 5-year-old student who died of suspected meningitis has forced the Ministry of Education to shut down and sanitize a primary school. 

The Education Ministry confirmed its actions today and the child's death.

It said the child who is a student of Fifth Company Baptist Primary was hospitalized at San Fernando General on March 11.

Five days later, the father of the infant one student informed the school about the death of his daughter.  

However, the ministry says the cause of death will only be determined after the autopsy.

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.

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