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.

Parents want new Rousillac Hindu school completed

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.

Three primary school student pregnancies in last 5 years

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.

Garcia: No reports of sexual misconduct at Siparia West brought to me

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.