National Schools' Panorama finals

Several primary and secondary schools showed off their talents on the national instrument at the National Junior Panaroma competition.

And while some believe the traditional aspects of Carnival are slowly eroding, these children say their presence is evidence to the contrary.

Akash Samaroo and cameraman Neil Romain bring us the story.


Schools reject disabled girl

A Penal mother is claiming discrimination after her daughter, who has spina bifida and uses a walker, was rejected by three primary schools.

The matter is already getting the attention of Education Minister Anthony Garcia who has said no child should be denied access to education on the basis of a disability or any other challenge. He has promised to find a place for five-year-old Khaleesi Webb.

35 violent and indisciplined schools listed for help

Thirty-five schools nationwide where students have been exhibiting violent or indisciplined behaviour have been “hot-listed” for action by the Education Ministry.

The schools—mainly secondary institutions—are listed in a report by the ministry which was laid in the Senate yesterday.

The ministry did the report based on the findings and recommendations contained in the first Report of Parliamentary Committee inquiring into the current level of violence among students in schools. Particular focus was paid to physical and cyber-bullying.

Internationally: Schools closed Tuesday as New York prepares for biggest storm this winter

New York City public schools are closed Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

A massive blizzard is expected to bring up to two feet of snow to the area. The snow should start late Monday night.

Mayor de Blasio is advising everyone remain off the roads Tuesday.

The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a hazardous travel advisory.

“New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

81 percent of secondary school students stayed away today

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the Ministry is reconsidering giving students the entire Carnival week off and deducting the days later on in the academic year.

This as the Ministry announced that 81 percent of secondary school students and 74 percent of primary school students stayed away from classes today. 

The announcement was made at a news conference this morning.

There was, however, a high turn-out of teachers.

81 percent of primary school teachers turned up and 78 percent in secondary schools.