Ministry late with stipends for nursing students

Due to financial constraints at the Ministry of Education, nursing students have not received their stipends for the last month. 

The nursing students are calling on the ministry to take immediate steps to ensure that their stipends are paid and Education Minister Anthony Garcia has assured that the situation will be rectified. 

“We will make sure that their stipends will be paid,” Garcia said as he addressed the launch of the principal leadership series in San Fernando on Tuesday. 

UWI St Augustine appoints first woman Campus Registrar

 The University of the West Indies (UWI) has appointed Dr Dawn Marie De Four- Gill as the new Campus Registrar and Dr Acolla Lewis-Cameron as the new Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Dr De Four-Gill is the first woman to be appointed Campus Registrar at the St. Augustine Campus.

Within the university system, the Campus Registrar is the most senior administrator on the campus, serving as Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer and as Secretary to all campus committees.

Top Tobago SEA students awarded

The top ten Tobago Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) students, their parents, teachers and principals were treated to breakfast and awards by Chief Secretary and Secretary of Education, Innovation and Energy, Kelvin Charles on Tuesday at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort.

Charles applauded the teachers and principals and said he hoped the results will motivate them to maintain the performance and gain no fewer than three students in the top 200 in 2020.

Enterprise youth seeks help to attend Canadian university

A 20-year-old man from Enterprise in Chaguanas, Ronaldo Lawrence Jr Del Young has been accepted to the University of Waterloo in Canada but is currently trying to raise over TT$250,000 to make his dream happen.

Del Young who also needs an entrance scholarship fee of CAD$2,000 was forced to defer the acceptance to this year because of financial constraints. 

The Letter of Acceptance is dated March 7, 2019 and it expires on September 17, 2019 meaning it will be null and void. 

UWI Professor re-elected to UN Committee

Director of The Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor A. Verene Shepherd has been re-elected to serve a second four-year term on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Professor Shepherd’s candidature was endorsed by Jamaica and all of CARICOM.

As she did when first elected to the CERD in 2015, Professor Shepherd polled the highest number of votes, this time ahead of candidates from 13 other countries, including China, Germany, Iran, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Russia.

Education Ministry to begin screening students for special needs

Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan says the Education Ministry intends to screen all students in the system for any special needs requirements they may have.

Seecharan made the disclosure before a parliamentary joint select committee on human rights, equality and diversity Friday morning.

He told the committee that the plan is to ensure that screening takes place from the point of the early childhood education centres and in primary schools.

Ministry official wants Sando West Secondary to become 7-year school

Im­pressed by the stu­dents’ per­for­mance at San Fer­nan­do West Sec­ondary, the ad­vi­sor to Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia will be re­quest­ing that the school be tran­si­tioned in­to a sev­en-year in­sti­tu­tion.

Cher­ly-Ann Wilkin­son, a for­mer prin­ci­pal, re­vealed this at their school leav­ing cer­e­mo­ny at Na­pari­ma Bowl, San Fer­nan­do, on Wednes­day ti­tled—The World is Call­ing, Choose Your Own Path.

THA boss clears air on Tobago’s SEA results

Chief Sec­re­tary of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) Kelvin Charles has cleared the air on state­ments he made con­cern­ing To­ba­go’s 2019 Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) re­sults.

On June 28, when the re­sults were re­leased, Charles said To­ba­go’s stu­dents’ per­for­mances were “his­toric” as three were among the na­tion’s top 200.

His state­ments were met with scep­ti­cism and per­sons cit­ed re­cent per­for­mances of stu­dents which placed them among the na­tion’s top 200.