“Molly” which is a new addictive drug has hit the nation’s schools and officials of the Ministry of Education are currently “scrambling” to get more on it and its effects so that they can deal with the frightening issue.
The news of the drug was only brought to the attention of the ministry’s manager of the Student Support Services Division (SSSD), Professor Dennis Conrad yesterday morning. Conrad said the drug seems to be so effective for the children that it seems to be the preferred choice of a drug over “herb-like substances.”
Police have launched an investigation into a viral video showing six students of the Diego Martin North Secondary School smoking what appears to be marijuana.
Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia told a media conference this morning that Police Commissioner Gary Griffith wrote to him saying that the police have identified the school and would be conducting inquiries.
Minister Garcia said that Griffith contacted him again, to say that police officers from the West End Police Station and personnel from the Child Protection Unit visited the school and spoke to the principal.
Six students of the Diego Martin North Secondary School have been suspended over a video that went viral in the last few days, showing them apparently smoking marijuana in their school uniforms.
The announcement of the suspensions was made by Education Minister Anthony Garcia at a news conference in Port-of-Spain Wednesday morning.
See update to this report: http://www.cnc3.co.tt/press-release/police-now-involved-viral-smoking-video
Education Minister Anthony Garcia yesterday scolded a group of schoolgirls who were recorded smoking marijuana in their school uniforms, saying it is illegal and “you will have to pay the consequences for your actions.”
He also said that the children have disappointed their parents, “Their parents may be hanging their heads in shame.”
The T&T Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) has sued the State over its failure to pay its members extra for marking Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) school-based assessments (SBAs).
In an interpretation claim filed in the High Court last Thursday, TTUTA is asking the court to determine if its members should be compensated for their continued work on CXC’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE) exams.
A single mother is calling for a teacher who brutally beat her ten-year-old son with a piece of wood to be fired and face criminal charges. “My son has already been through so much. I cannot believe this happen,” lamented mother Stacy Valasquez.
The incident, which occurred at St David's RC School last Friday, is being investigated by the Ministry of Education and the Child Protection Unit.
Teachers must embrace Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) training if they are to properly mould pupils for the future.
So said acting Chief Education Officer John Roopchan as he addressed teachers during an ICT Professional Development programme held at Naparima College in San Fernando.
Twenty unfinished schools have been placed on a priority list for completion, among these the Chatham Government Primary School.
This was revealed by Education Minister Anthony Garcia in response to complaints from residents that three primary schools in Cedros were shut down because of infrastructural defects.
Garcia said many of the incomplete schools were held up because of outstanding debts owed to contractors.