Teacher waiting nine years for outstanding gratuity

It has been ten years since In­drani Ma­haraj-Man­wah re­tired from the teach­ing ser­vice.

And it’s now nine years she has been wait­ing on the full sum of the gra­tu­ity promised to her.

On Sep­tem­ber 17, 2010, the for­mer Eng­lish/French teacher re­ceived a let­ter from the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry say­ing she has been ap­proved for a gra­tu­ity of $208,240.88.

To this date, Ma­haraj-Man­wah said she on­ly got around $80,000.

Over 700 more teachers trained to integrate ICT in teaching

A new group of 735 secondary school teachers from 77 schools in Trinidad and seven schools in Tobago have successfully completed the Ministry of Education’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher Professional Development Programme.

The training is to empower teachers of all subject areas with the competencies to integrate ICT into their teaching and learning methodologies.

Teachers were awarded the Level II - Knowledge Deepening Certification at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday.

Hotel school offers training for migrants

Venezue­lan na­tion­als, hop­ing to get jobs at ho­tels and restau­rants across the coun­try, will be of­fered train­ing at the T&T Hos­pi­tal­i­ty & Tourism In­sti­tute, bet­ter known as the ho­tel school.

School bus drivers threaten shutdown

The Maxi-Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion of School Trans­port Con­ces­sion­aires has warned par­ents that if the gov­ern­ment fails to pay school maxi-taxi dri­vers $15 mil­lion owed to them, they are the ones who may soon have to dish out ad­di­tion­al dol­lars to trans­port their chil­dren to school.

Parents seeking to raise $15 million to rebuild school

Having waited for four years on the government to rebuild their demolished school, parents of pupils attending Princes Town Presbyterian No 1 are now on a mission to raise $15 million to rebuild their school themselves.

They have already secured a design, obtained permission from the Presbyterian Primary School Board and are in the process of organizing fundraisers to attract supporters both locally and abroad.

The completed designs were on display at the University of T&T Tarouba campus.

SEA results next week Friday

Students who have written the Secondary Entrance Examination (SEA) will know their placings next week Friday.

Minister of Education Anthony Garcia announced that the results will be released on June 28th, during a press conference at Education Towers this morning.

The Minister also announced that results will continue to be published in newspapers, but parents will have to option to have their children's name removed.

Protest for new Rousillac school

Rousillac Hindu School pupils have been waiting the longest to get a new school but it seems they will be among the last to get it.

The children, who were displaced 16 years ago when a bush fire destroyed their school in 2003, have all grown up. 

On Thursday some of these former pupils joined with parents of the school to protest the government's delay in completing their school.

Construction of the 20 classroom building started in 2013 at a cost of $32 million.

Still no salary relief for EFCL workers

In the face of this, one con­trac­tor, Zentyal Con­struc­tion, went to the EF­CL head of­fice in Port-of-Spain on Tues­day and levied on the com­pa­ny.

The con­trac­tor re­moved fur­ni­ture and ap­pli­ances but re­turned the items a short while lat­er.

Au­thor ded­i­cates book to East In­di­an folk­lore, su­per­sti­tion

Some 174 years ago when the Fa­tel Raza­ck brought 227 in­den­tured labour­ers from In­dia to Trinidad, they brought with them their cul­ture in the form of food, fash­ion, re­li­gion and mu­sic.

They al­so brought along their su­per­sti­tions and folk­lore, things that writer of Sug­ar Cane Val­ley Vashti Bowlah thinks are not high­light­ed enough.

That is the rea­son she de­cid­ed to write a book ded­i­cat­ed to East In­di­an folk­lore and su­per­sti­tion.

“If you don’t know where you came from how will you know where you’re go­ing?” Bowlah asked.