Cassandra Khan wins President's Medal, Gold

Balancing her studies with her spiritual growth has worked out well for Cassandra Khan who won the President's Medal, Gold for outstanding performance in the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations.

The 18-year-old Naparima Girls High School pupil, who lives with her parents Nancy and Haroun Khan at Ragoo Village, Wellington Road, expressed jubilation at her award.

In an interview, Cassandra said she was able to accomplish everything through the blessing of Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ. 

Education Ministry's staff help colleagues with flood relief

Employees of the Ministry of Education at the Ministry’s Head Office, Port of Spain have offered support for their colleagues who suffered losses due to flooding during the weekend of October 20th, 2018.

The MOE staff contributed approximately 25 flood relief hampers which were distributed by Minister of Education Anthony Garcia and Permanent Secretary, Lenor Baptiste-Simmons.

The Ministry launched a flood relief appeal at its Head Office during the period October 22nd to November 2nd, 2018, asking members of staff for contributions.

Extended suspension for 4 students involved in scratch bomb incidents

Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan and other officials have met with the principal, four students and their parents of the Chaguanas North Secondary School, who have all been suspended for scratch bomb related infractions.

They have also met with the principal of the Barataria South Secondary School, the school in which a teacher was assaulted relating to the incendiary devices.

US Ambassador to launch project steering youth away from gangs

New United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello, will on Thursday launch a project to empower youth with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and life skills, expose them to positive role models and mentors, and reduce the attractiveness of radicalism and gang membership by offering them hope and opportunity. 

The project will be launched at the Success Laventille Secondary School, 35 Eastern Main Road, Laventille.

The US Embassy says the project is a collaboration between the School, US/TT Alumni Association, and the U.S. Embassy.

Principals happy with expulsion penalty for scratch bombs

The National Primary Schools Principals' Association is applauding Education Minister Anthony Garcia for what it calls his strong stance against scratch bombs in schools. 

The minister in a statement said the maximum punishment, expulsion, would be imposed on students who brought the explosive devices to schools. 

The association, headed by Lance Mottley, says while school principals are guided by the code of conduct, the minister's very public, no-nonsense approach will serve to embolden principals in the execution of their duties.

Signal Hill teachers, parents protest

Parents and teachers at the Signal Hill Secondary School staged a noisy protest outside the school's compound on Friday morning during lunchtime, calling on officials from the Division of Education to address major issues at the school.

According to TTUTA's Tobago Officer Orlando Kerr, the protest action is one of the first steps the union will take to make Tobagonians aware of some of the long-standing issue faced by the island's teachers and students.