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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents yesterday staged a placard demonstration calling on Education Minister Anthony Garcia to complete the Rousillac Hindu Primary School.
For the past six years, pupils have been housed at the Rousillac Community Centre, which is a ten minute walk from the incomplete school building.
The school was destroyed by fire 17 years ago and six years ago the Government began building a new school, but the project was halted.
Among the some 3,577 reported cases of teenage pregnancies between 2014 and March 2019, three were primary school students.
The revelation was made by the National Parent Teacher's Association president Raffiena Ali-Boodoosingh Wednesday during a Joint Select Committee inquiry on teenage pregnancies.
The revelation comes just a few days before a Siparia student is due to give birth after being raped.
The NPTA president was citing Ministry of Education statistics.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says there is no evidence to prove that a teacher of Siparia West Secondary school impregnated a teenaged student, adding the matter is being investigated by the police.
Garcia was speaking to reporters following a visit at the school at La Brea Trace, Siparia.
In an interview, Garcia admitted that existing school discipline protocols had lapsed, adding that he was extremely disappointed that incidents of violence had not been reported to the ministry by school officials.