Former Fatima student awarded 2019 Korean Scholarship

For­mer Fa­ti­ma Col­lege and New­town Boys’ RC School stu­dent Joshua Chu For has been award­ed the 2019 Ko­re­an Gov­ern­ment Schol­ar­ship to pur­sue an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree ma­jor­ing in Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing at Ko­rea Uni­ver­si­ty in Seoul, Ko­rea.

A state­ment from the em­bassy said Chu For will be­gin his de­gree pro­gramme in March 2019 with one-year ad­di­tion­al study on Ko­re­an Lan­guage in or­der to fa­mil­iarise him­self with new stu­dent life in Ko­rea.

Sparks in electrical panel causes school's closure

Students of Santa Flora Government Primary school had to be evacuated from their temporary quarters at Beach Camp on Tuesday after an electrical panel box began sparking inside the school.

A total of 242 pupils, 15 teachers, three cleaners and a security guard had to flee Beach Camp facilities in Palo Seco, because of the fire.

The school had been shut down because of deplorable conditions and the entire school had been relocated to Beach Camp in 2015. 

Works begins on bat-infested school

Four months af­ter the Rio Claro AS­JA Pri­ma­ry was shut down be­cause of a bat in­fes­ta­tion, re­me­di­al work has fi­nal­ly start­ed on the di­lap­i­dat­ed school.

In an in­ter­view, PTA pres­i­dent Ve­da Ma­haraj, who led a protest last week, said she was hap­py to see con­trac­tors on site do­ing re­pairs to the roof.

Since Oc­to­ber, pupils have been at­tend­ing class­es at the Rio Claro Pres­by­ter­ian School and the Rio Claro Masjid.

Bush fire affects school

Three days a bush fire forced the evacuation of 900 plus pupils at the Princes Town No1 and No 2 Presbyterian Primary Schools, classes had to be dismissed early again on Monday.

President of the PTA Nola Ramjohn-Karim said the fire damaged the school's water lines and a hydroponic system which was set up inside the school compound. Ironically, it started behind the school, around 11 am on Thursday, shortly after the T&T Fire Services completed a drill at the school, Ramjohn-Karim added.

Judge: Pay teachers more …students need brightest minds teaching them

Call­ing for teach­ers to be giv­en the same salaries as doc­tors, lawyers and en­gi­neers, High Court Judge Frank Seep­er­sad says too of­ten teach­ers in T&T are treat­ed un­fair­ly and with­out re­spect.

Speak­ing at the Na­pari­ma Col­lege Founders Day at the school's au­di­to­ri­um on Wednes­day, Seep­er­sad said the role of teach­ers must nev­er be un­der­es­ti­mat­ed.

"Our teach­ers have been tak­en for grant­ed and their pro­fes­sion­al de­vel­op­ment has to be viewed as a mat­ter of na­tion­al im­por­tance," Seep­er­sad said.