JSC examines boys education chances and performance

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:

UTT evacuated as insecticide causes sickness

The University of Trinidad & Tobago O'Meara campus was evacuated after an insecticide, which was sprayed on the premises this morning, made staff unwell.

Deputy Chairman of UniversityProfessor Clement Imbert confirmed the evacuation took place to Guardian Media.

Health and Safety officers order the campus be evacuated after several members of staff complained about feeling nauseous.

The scent was said to be overpowering.

Guardian Media was told it seemed like insecticide was coming through the air conditioning vents 

The campus was cleared by 10am.

Registrar: Forensic audit into UTT needed

On the heels of news of the pos­si­ble clo­sure of the Uni­ver­si­ty of T&T (UTT) Corinth Cam­pus in south Trinidad, the Reg­is­trar has re­vealed that they are not aware that there was any stake­hold­er con­sul­ta­tion in the process. There is now a des­per­ate call for a foren­sic au­dit in­to UTT.

Shootout at UTT

Examinations had to be delayed at the University of T&T on Wednesday morning after gunshots ricocheted outside the campus at Tarouba during a police manhunt for three suspected robbers.

The suspects were flushed out of the tall bushes near the campus around 9 am, as the students prepared to sit the end of term examinations.

Police said the two men and a woman were being tracked after they robbed a Penal family.

They escaped in a black Ford Ranger but following a tip-off, and All Points Bulletin was despatched for officers to be on the lookout for the van.

UTT launches investigation into "cussing" teacher

The University of Trinidad and Tobago has launched an investigation into the classroom conduct of one of its lecturers after a video was posted on social media showing the teacher using obscene language to scold the class.

This was confirmed by Education Minister Anthony Garcia who expressed disappointment saying that while he understands the frustration that comes with the job, it does not excuse that type of conduct.

Minister Garcia said teachers are example setters for future generations and that behaviour cannot be tolerated.

Garcia: 300-plus facing UTT axe

An estimated 300-plus workers are being cut from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. While 57 academic staffers have so far received dismissal letters, an additional 287 non-academic staff members are also expected to be dismissed, Education Minister Anthony Garcia confirmed yesterday.

Garcia was replying to queries in the Senate from UNC Senator Wade Mark on UTT job cuts.

Garcia’s figures signalled an estimated total of 346 staffers will be losing jobs.