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Schools closed for local government elections

The Education Ministry has advised that there will be no school on Monday December 2nd, the day of the local government elections.

According to a release issued by the ministry, the Chief Education Officer explains, this is to facilitate the elections process.

Some schools are used as voting centres.

Schools principals are advised that school will resume, as normal, on Tuesday November 3rd.

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Fire Prevention Week activities continue

The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) continues activities this week in commemoration of Fire Prevention Week. The TTFS is collaborating with various Ministries, State Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations to host a series of public education initiatives this week.

Here are some of the activities taking place today, Wednesday 09 October, 2019:

- Facilitation of public visits at the Mayaro/Rio Claro, Princes Town, Mon Repos and Siparia Fire Stations.

- A fire equipment display at the Arima Fire Station.

Garcia assures school woes will be fixed

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion An­tho­ny Gar­cia said yes­ter­day he is hop­ing to get a re­port from the Min­istry of Works be­fore the end of this week on the di­lap­i­dat­ed main build­ing of the Fyz­abad An­gli­can Sec­ondary school, in or­der to com­mis­sion work on the school’s cen­tral block.

He said de­pend­ing on what the re­ports con­clud­ed, class­es for the school may be moved to a lo­ca­tion close to Her­itage Pe­tro­le­um Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed.

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.

Ministry: Only 3 of over 800 schools did not reopen today

The Ministry of Education says that the final term of the 2018/2019 academic year has begun with the successful opening of almost all schools across Trinidad and Tobago.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the ministry said that of the over 800 primary and secondary schools and ECCE Centres nationwide, three schools were unable to resume classes today.

On Thursday 18th April, a fire broke out on an electrical pole at the Princes Town Presbyterian # 1 & 2 Schools resulting in the damage of heavy-duty electrical cables causing emergency electrical works to be effected.

Education Ministry needs $5 billion to complete 161 schools

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry will need over $5 bil­lion to com­plete 161 schools whose con­struc­tion are still in­com­plete - plus it al­so needs whistle­blow­er law and poli­cies to pre­vent nepo­tism in agen­cies un­der its purview.

New addictive drug hits schools

“Mol­ly” which is a new ad­dic­tive drug has hit the na­tion’s schools and of­fi­cials of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion are cur­rent­ly “scram­bling” to get more on it and its ef­fects so that they can deal with the fright­en­ing is­sue.

The news of the drug was on­ly brought to the at­ten­tion of the min­istry’s man­ag­er of the Stu­dent Sup­port Ser­vices Di­vi­sion (SSSD), Pro­fes­sor Den­nis Con­rad yes­ter­day morn­ing. Con­rad said the drug seems to be so ef­fec­tive for the chil­dren that it seems to be the pre­ferred choice of a drug over “herb-like sub­stances.”

20 schools to be completed soon - Minister

Twenty unfinished schools have been placed on a priority list for completion, among these the Chatham Government Primary School.

This was revealed by Education Minister Anthony Garcia in response to complaints from residents that three primary schools in Cedros were shut down because of infrastructural defects.

Garcia said many of the incomplete schools were held up because of outstanding debts owed to contractors.

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