OSH prohibits use of Education Ministry's south office

The Oc­cu­pa­tion Safe­ty and Health Agency (OS­HA) has or­dered the im­me­di­ate clo­sure of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Vic­to­ria Dis­trict Of­fice due to a non-func­tion­al air con­di­tion sys­tem and poor ven­ti­la­tion. Guardian Me­dia was in­formed that the work­ers were sent home ear­ly on Mon­day and the of­fice re­mained closed yes­ter­day.

No transport for students of Claxton Bay Junior Anglican

It was a bad start to the new school term for students of the Claxton Bay Junior Anglican school as they were not able to access the transport promised to them to their temporary school location.

As they await a new school promised by the education ministry, arrangements were made for some of the students to attend classes at the Marabella Junior Secondary school.

But parents of students tell us that transport never came.

Such was their frustration that parents in protest, burn tires and debris blocking the road.

School maxi taxi drivers say protests not political

President of the Maxi-Taxi School Transport Concessionaires, Rodney Ramlogan, says their protest action has nothing to do with politics.

Rodney Ramlogan says they protested when they weren't getting a fair deal from the People's Partnership, and their recent protest has nothing to do with the fact that the PNM is now in office.

He states the drivers have been providing a service for 28 years, and want to continue to do so, but they must be paid on time, for the work they are doing.

Kamla: “Let us all put our nation's children first…”

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persa-Bissessar, is urging citizens in the nation to “refocus our energies, efforts and resources towards fulfilling the requirements of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a UN Convention to which this country is signatory.

In her message in observance of Universal Children’s Day 2019, the former prime minister and UNC political leader says the promotion and celebration of children’s rights will only redound towards building a better world for T&T’s children.

Garcia’s wish: “Every child receiving quality education at any school in T&T…”

Education minister, Anthony Garcia, has revealed his personal dream for the children of this country.

In a personal message in observance of Universal Children’s Day 2019, the minister says hopes to see one day that every child can receive a quality education at any school in this country.

The minister also makes an appeal for all hands on deck, to help the ministry achieve this goal.

The full text of the minister’s remarks, follow…

Work continues on Edinburgh Government Primary

A contractor currently is on site at the Edinburgh Government Primary School.

This, as the school has been dealing with an infestation of pigeons in the school's ceiling since the beginning of the new school term.

Parents of students attending the school say several students have fallen ill with rashes, respiratory problems, severe itching and asthma attacks.

During the Urgent Questions session in the Senate today, minister of agriculture, Senator Clarence Rambharat—who spoke on the education minister's behalf—said the issue should be rectified by Thursday.

Primary School Principals' Association: Unfair to supervise students outside school hours

Primary school principals are saying it's unfair to expect principals and teachers to supervise children outside of school hours and are therefore calling on the education ministry to pay school monitors for that purpose.

The National Primary School principals' association's call comes after an incident at the San Fernando Boys RC school where a student's skull was sliced by another student who was using a sharp object that came from a pencil sharpener.

The education minister said an investigation has been launched.