Protest by Rio Claro ASJA Primary over delay in repairs

More than a week after the government announced that repairs would start at Rio Claro ASJA Primary school, parents staged a protest outside the Ministry's office at Rio Claro on Friday.

The parents have been waiting for work to begin since the school was closed last September and when they saw no mobilization of contractors this week, they decided to take protest action.

Careful not to block the roads or pavement, the parents lined up on the pavements outside the office chanting, "Fix the School now."

New addictive drug hits schools

“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 now involved in viral smoking video

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.

Suspended! 6 female students in viral video smoking 'weed' penalised

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.

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Garcia scolds schoolgirls smoking ganja in viral 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.”

TTUTA sues State over SBA payment

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.

Ministry, child unit probe beating of Stacy’s son at school

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.

Educator: Teachers must embrace ICT training

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.

20 schools to be completed soon - Minister

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.