Extended suspension for 4 students involved in scratch bomb incidents

Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan and other officials have met with the principal, four students and their parents of the Chaguanas North Secondary School, who have all been suspended for scratch bomb related infractions.

They have also met with the principal of the Barataria South Secondary School, the school in which a teacher was assaulted relating to the incendiary devices.

Minister: 500 police officers on suspension

Ap­prox­i­mate­ly 500 po­lice of­fi­cers in the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) are cur­rent­ly on sus­pen­sion and sick leave.

This was re­vealed yes­ter­day by Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young at a Stand­ing Com­mit­tee Meet­ing in­to the Po­lice Ser­vice in Par­lia­ment.

Joined by Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith, Young was first asked how he in­tend­ed to de­crease the TTPS stag­ger­ing over­time bill which was es­ti­mat­ed at $300 mil­lion in 2018, but the ser­vice spent $366 mil­lion.

Education Ministry: Mayaro principal was not suspended

The Education Ministry says the principal of the Mayaro Government Primary School has not been suspended.

The Ministry says the principal has not been found guilty of anything and that he has only been asked to cease to report to work until the investigations at the school are complete.

The following is a statement by the Ministry of Education.

"The Ministry of Education takes this opportunity to clarify incorrect statements and media reports suggesting the suspension of a school principal by the Ministry of Education.