Education Minister, Anthony Garcia, says the Ministry of Education has not given up the fight to bring back discipline and ensure a peaceful environment in the nation's schools.
Speaking on The Morning Brew show today, the education minister confirmed that the ministry has been working closely with Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and his team, to find solutions to the increasing indiscipline and violence in the nation’s 700-plus schools.
Thirty two junior steelbands will be vying for championship status in their respective categories, this weekend, at the National Schools Panorama Finals.
The competition takes place on Sunday 26 January, 2020 from 9:00 am, at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.
The three categories being contested are Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Elite (21 & Under Group).
Finalists were selected after several days of judging at the competitors’ schools, panyards and communities.
The Parent-Teacher Association for the Point Fortin East Secondary School is threatening to take action, if something is not done about conditions at the school, which it says are dangers to students and teachers, alike.
The school’s PTA wants to know whether the Ministry—and by extension the Minister of Education—will be addressing the many safety issues at Point Fortin East Secondary.
The children of the pre-school principal who was fatally stabbed yesterday, as well as those of her attacker, will receive counselling support from school social workers and the Student Support Services Division.
In addition, counselling will be provided—upon request—to the children attending the pre-school where the vicious attack occurred.
One pundit is calling for a probe into the financial operations of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, following news of the current probe into the Third Exodus Assembly Church in Longdenville.
According to Pundit Satyanand Maharaj, Spiritual Leader at the Satya Ananad Ashram in Aranguez, the State needs to embark on a serious examination of all religious institutions, in light of this situation.
In a press release, Pundit Maharaj also takes the Inter-Religious Organisation and other religious bodies to task for remaining silent on the issue.
Executives from the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) are meeting today with teachers from the South East Port Of Spain Secondary School, who were traumatised by yesterday’s close call during a gang shoot-out.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says there is nothing sinister regarding the as yet-unannounced 2019 CAPE Scholarship results.
Seeking to reassure students and their parents, Garcia said, “We have to make sure we are very careful in deciding.”
“The performance of our students has been very good, excellent in fact. And therefore we have to make sure that in making these decisions we give everybody an equal chance.”
Fears have been expressed that Government may be attempting to manipulate the national scholarship results, and may even wait until just before the local government elections to release them.
The alarm has been raised by the Spiritual Leader of the Satya Anand Ashram of Bliss and Truth, Pundit Satyanand Maharaj.
In a statement issued today, Pundit Maharaj says parents have been coming to him, sharing concerns that the Government “is ‘doctoring’ the scholarships to reflect not merit but ethnic and political qualifications”.
The Joint Select Committee on Human Rights, Equality and Diversity (JSCHRED), was in session today. Today’s session focussed on the performance of males in the education system.
Key areas of inquiry included:
The Ministry of Education says that during the July/August vacation period, it has been working strategically to prepare all schools to open its doors on Monday 3rd September 2018.
It says that as part of the preparation, it has issued contracts to over 70 Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) teachers, over 50 primary school teachers have been appointed, over 60 secondary school teachers have been sent to schools across the country and over 150 School Social Workers have been brought on to augment the employee complement of the Student Support Services Division (SSSD).